ROME, N.Y. (WSYR and WUTR) — A body found in a landfill Tuesday was positively identified as that of a woman missing since Saturday. Her husband is charged in the case.
Kerrilee D’Avolio, 32, a mother to three children, was last seen Saturday night after having dinner with her sister.
Jason D’Avolio has been charged with concealment of a human corpse, which is a felony. He was arraigned and an order of protection was issued for the children. More charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Police say Jason and Kerrilee were married, but were in the initial stages of a divorce.
Police say that on Monday morning, they received a call from Jason D’Avolio’s brother, who told them that Jason had come to his place of work with this three young children and shared some troubling information. His brother told police there may have been a homicide in the couple’s Oneida County home.
Police converged on the home and found what they describe as the aftermath of a serious crime. Investigators learned Kerrilee’s body may be in a dumpster somewhere in the city. After searching every possible location, even asking for help from the public, police received information leading them to the Oneida County landfill, where Kerrilee’s body was found.
With the help of the Sheriff’s Office, a dive team discovered a rifle in the barge canal that matched the description of the weapon used in this case.
“It was a relatively new weapon, hadn’t been in the water very long. The weapon was subsequently recovered by the dive team, secured by the Sheriff’s Office forensics unit and then turned over to Rome Police Department, which is normal protocol,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol.
Kerrilee’s body has been turned over to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.