An Ontario County woman is charged with murder in connection with the death of her husband. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office confirms that 31-year-old Rose Chase was arraigned Friday for the murder of her husband, Adam Chase, who had been missing for six months.
"I don't know. I just can't believe he's gone,” said Edward Dietsche, a friend of Adam’s.
It's an otherwise peaceful neighborhood on Hagerty Road in the tiny Town of Potter, where on Thursday police found what they believe are the charred, dismembered remains of 31-year-old Adam Chase.
"The Ontario County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rose M. Chase,” said Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero, “on a charge of murder in the 2nd degree."
The wife of Adam Chase is accused of killing her husband by pushing him down two flights of stairs at the family home in Stanley.
"The remains of Mr. Chase may have been not only cremated, but may have been... the body may have been cut up,” Povero said.
"He was a great guy, and he doesn't deserve what Rose did to him. He doesn't deserve it at all,” Dietsche said.
Dietsche was one of about two dozen friends and family of Adam Chase who came to hear what authorities announced at the Ontario County Jail. Edward had known Adam a little more than a year by the time he went missing last June.
"When Chase went missing, we all thought he was dead. But just to hear it... it just brings a tear to my eye. You never think it would happen."
"Those of us that are rational, normal human beings have a hard time understanding why people take the actions they take," Povero said.
Sheriff Phil Povero confirmed that Rose and Adam had a four-year-old son together. The boy is now in the custody of Social Services.
Rose is jailed without bail. She will face a judge on Wednesday.
For a man once missing, now gone, his friends are at a loss.
"I'm sorry... no words for it,” Dietsche said.