Autopsy: Man's death resulted from strangulation

Gwen Chamberlain

Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike reports an autopsy on the body found on Adams Road in the Town of Jerusalem July 20 revealed that the cause of death was asphyxiation, as a result of strangulation. There was also evidence of ancillary blunt trauma, he says. 

The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office still has not been able to identify the body, which was found on Adams Road around 8 a.m. They are hopeful it might be able to be made Friday morning as the investigation continues.

Spike says the investigation is working to establish the identity of the white man, and is looking at a number of missing persons cases, including that of a missing Penfield man, which is being investigated by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. 

Yates County officials are working closely with Monroe County officials to determine if there is a connection between the two cases, says Spike, noting a Monroe County investigator is working from the Yates County Public Safety Building. Spike says there also may be connection to an incident being investigated at Mendon Ponds Park in Perinton.

"Locating the missing person's 2010 Honda Odyssey with New York State license plate #CTR-2094 is considered relevant to both investigations as to ruling in or out if there is case linkage or not," said Spike, adding, "We seek the public's help on this vehicle's location." Anyone who spots the vehicle should call 911.

Craig Rideout, 50, was last seen Tuesday night at his apartment at 135 New Wickham Road in Penfield. Investigators in the Yates County case have said the body is not a Gorham teenager who has been missing since last week. Unconfirmed reports on social media indicate he has contacted his family from Ohio.

The two county sheriff's offices and New York State Police have executed search warrants issued by Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey in Jerusalem, Yates County and Monroe County as part of the investigation of the body. Monroe County officials are pursuing additional search warrants in connection with their missing person case.

Spike says the investigation is "fluid" as several leads are being pursued.

Spike has not commented on other details related to the homicide, except to say there was trauma to the man’s head. Spike says the murder likely took place elsewhere and the body was brought to the Jerusalem location, where it was dragged into the woods. It was discovered by a Mennonite man, who then contacted Yates County 911 Dispatch Center.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Yates County coroner were at the scene most of Wednesday. The Yates County district attorney was also at the scene during the investigation.

Wednesday afternoon Spike issued a community message through automated systems to telephones, cell phones, email and text systems asking the public to share any information that might be linked to the case by calling a dedicated line at 315-531-8209. Information can also be provided at the tipline at 411 or through the sheriff's department text app.