September trial date mulled in Joanne Ringer disappearance

Daughter taking 'every day, day by day'

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PITTSFIELD — A September trial date is being eyed for Laura Reilly, accused of misleading police investigating the March 2, 2017, disappearance and likely homicide of Joanne "Jo" Ringer.

That information came out of a brief pretrial hearing held in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Ringer's daughter, Savanah, was one of about a dozen supporters who attended the hearing.

"It's really far away," Savanah said about the September date.

What's closer is the upcoming anniversary of her mother's disappearance, which still weighs heavily on her mind.

"I'm taking every day, day by day, " she said. "Some days are easier than others."

Savanah said there might be a vigil to commemorate the anniversary, but nothing has yet been set.

At the hearing, heard before Judge John Agostini, First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello said a large amount of discovery evidence has been provided to Reilly's attorney, Jesse Adams.

Caccaviello said he believes that evidence will likely satisfy Adams' Nov. 16 motion seeking information, including all audio recordings of police interviews with Reilly, as well as any notes taken during those interviews, video surveillance, photographs taken by police in the case, the lead investigator's notes and any evidence that could exonerate Reilly.

Adams said he would need some time to review the "voluminous" amount of evidence provided by the state.

If, after that review, there is more discovery evidence required, Adams said he would file a motion to that effect by April 25.

Adams said he might also file motions to suppress evidence and/or dismiss the charges, but that would be determined later.

Ringer, who would have turned 40 this month, remains missing and is presumed to have been killed by her late husband, Charles "Chad" Reidy, whom police say is Reilly's former boyfriend. Reidy was found dead of an apparent suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of the couple's Clarksburg home April 7, after he had become the target of the investigation and its sole suspect.

Before Reidy's death, police attached a GPS tracker to his car and culled phone and surveillance data in hopes of gleaning information regarding Ringer's fate and whereabouts.

Ringer was expected to start her first shift working as a driver for an Easthampton-based taxi company March 2 but never arrived.

Reidy did not report her missing to police until two days later.

Ringer's abandoned car was found parked in Easthampton on March 6 and, according to court documents, investigators believe Reidy disposed of Ringer's car in Easthampton in an effort to misdirect authorities.

Adams has said Reilly had "nothing to do" with Ringer's disappearance. But prosecutors allege that she gave police contradictory information about meeting Reidy in Northampton and how he got back to Clarksburg.

Police said Reilly's information hindered the investigation.

Meanwhile, family and friends of Ringer's have continued to enlist the help of the public, mostly through social media, in an effort to maintain awareness of the case and to solicit tips.

Reach Bob Dunn at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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