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New details into Jo Ringer homicide investigation

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(photo courtesy 'Bring Jo Ringer Home' Facebook page) (photo courtesy 'Bring Jo Ringer Home' Facebook page)

We have exclusive new details into the Jo Ringer homicide investigation.

Western Mass News has obtained documents that show police may have known about the Hatfield woods where they recovered Ringer's remains for months.

Ringer's car was found in Easthampton after she was set to start a new job as a taxi driver for Aaron's Paradise.

Almost exactly one year after her disappearance, Ringer's remains were found in the woods in Hatfield and her loved ones still have more questions than answers.

When Western Mass News learned on the morning of February 28 that police had found human remains in the woods in Hatfield, Ginger Plantier told us to drive up Mountain Road and look for an oak tree by Chestnut Mountain Christmas Tree Farm.

Plantier is an old friend of Ringer, who'd been missing for nearly a year.

"This is a place that Chad Reidy was known to frequent," Plantier explained.

Chad Reidy was Ringer's husband.  He died of an apparent suicide in April 2017 - a month after Ringer disappeared.

According to documents, before Reidy's death, he told police that after ringer disappeared: "he stopped by the oak tree, up by the tree farm, it might be Mountain Road...Reidy got out and wandered around...that is where he goes when he is upset..."

"They should have been there a year ago, not that morning.  They should have been there the beginning of March in 2017 and not the beginning of March in 2018," Plantier added.

We asked the Berkshire County District Attorney's office if they had searched that wooded area prior to the week of February 28, 2018.  A spokesperson said that it's a pending criminal matter.

"The last year of pain and suffering and financial burden and emotional turmoil for Jo's daughter and family and friends.  None of that would have been," Plantier noted.

Plantier has sent a formal request to the attorney general's office, asking Maura Healey to not only take over the investigation, but also to look into the integrity of the Berkshire D.A.'s investigation.

A spokesperson for the A.G.'s office did not immediately respond to comment, neither did the Hatfield Police Department.

For now, loved ones await the hearing for Laura Reilly - Chad Reidy's ex-girlfriend - who faces three counts of misleading police in the investigation, but has not been named a suspect.

Just last week, Reilly's attorney filed motions to suppress evidence in the case and to drop all charges.  You can take a look at those motions by clicking here.

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