A case of missing persons quickly became a murder and kidnapping investigation, which ended in the discovery of an upstate New York shallow grave.
Thomas Rath, 33 years old, vanished from an encampment of homeless people behind Lowe’s store in Ithaca (New York), called “The Jungle”, on May 20, 2010.
He was “forcefully abducted” by a number of people. This led to dozens police officers from different jurisdictions searching in multiple counties.
The police conducted “a significant number” of interviews, and over 40 search warrants were executed before his remains were discovered in a neighboring County on August 3.
The Maj. Jeffrey VanAuken of the New York State Police Troop C, who led the press conference on Monday, stated that the Missing Persons case revealed a disturbing and heinous sequence of events which ultimately revealed Mr. Rath’s kidnapping.
Rath was abducted 100 days ago today.
NYSP Capt. Anthony said that ten people were in custody for his kidnapping, murder and other crimes. “More arrests are still pending,” he added. Lucas Anthony said.
Angelo Baez (48), and Jonathan Glennon (31) were charged with the most serious murder in the second degree. Glennon was being held in jail in Auburn Maine.
According to the state police, all of these suspects are between 27 and 52 years old. They include: Colleen Dillon, Zayne Burlingame Mark F. Beatty Robert W. Hines Neraida Sobrado Torres Jack J. Benjamin Jr. Brelynn B. Knapp
Anthony said that Rath “was familiar” with some of his kidnappers. He added that authorities would “discuss a motive” during the court proceedings for the alleged killing.
He said it was “not random”. “I wouldn’t say it was a planned event, but I would say it was a continuous event.”
The law enforcement officials refused to give more information, citing the ongoing investigation and pending arrests.
Anthony stated during the press conference that “Mr. Rath is a victim to us as law enforcement officers, but he’s a father, brother and son to his family.”
The police did not specify how the man was killed. However, the crime allegedly took place in Tioga County New York. Therefore, the case will be prosecuted there.