Authorities announced Monday that ten people were charged with the murder of a man kidnapped on the outskirts Ithaca, and buried more than two month later in a county neighboring Ithaca.
The charges were made 100 days after Thomas Rath was reported missing. The area, known as “The Jungle,” is a patch behind retail stores that houses tents and makeshift homes, less than two miles from Cornell University.
Nine suspects face charges of kidnapping and murder. According to the police, additional arrests will be made.
Authorities said at a press conference that the investigation is ongoing, but did not reveal how Rath died. They also did not discuss any possible motive.
State Police Capt. Lucas Anthony said, “These individuals knew each other.” Lucas Anthony said. “I wouldn’t say it was orchestrated, but the event was ongoing from beginning to end.”
The investigation began on May 20, when Ithaca Police were asked to check Rath in the encampment where dozens of people reside year-round.
Rath’s remains, buried in wooded areas in the neighboring Tioga County, were discovered on August 3.