Body in Jerusalem is Craig Rideout; his wife and two sons have been arrested

Stella Dupree
sdupree@the-leader.com
From left, Alexander, Colin and Laura Rideout

The body of a man found Wednesday in Yates County has been identified, and his two sons and estranged wife are facing charges, authorities say. But the investigation continues, and more charges are likely.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify the body as that of Craig Rideout, 50, a Penfield resident who was last seen Tuesday night, said Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike.

Rideout was killed at his Penfield apartment, Spike said. He died from strangulation and also suffered blunt force trauma, the autopsy found.

His estranged wife allegedly later entered the apartment, where she destroyed or concealed evidence, Spike said.

Laura Rideout, 45, of Perinton, is charged with second-degree burglary and tampering with evidence, both felonies. Investigators say Laura Rideout "concealed, altered and/or destroyed blood evidence of a murder by knowingly using cleaning solvents."

Craig Rideout's sons were arrested Thursday by Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies after they were seen allegedly discarding items into a pond at Mendon Ponds Park, Spike said.

Alexander Rideout, 19, and Colin Rideout, 22, both of Perinton, were each charged with tampering with evidence, a felony. The items that were discarded in the pond were linked to acid found at the Adams Road location and to the crime scene, Spike said.

Craig Rideout's body was found Wednesday morning in the Town of Jerusalem. Police say his body was taken from his apartment by vehicle to Adams Road, where it was dragged by a tarp into the woods and the face disfigured, Spike said.

“... A heavy acid was poured on the facial area,” he said.

A shovel and other ancillary evidence were found near the body, Spike said.

Witnesses told authorities they saw two vehicles parked along the roadside at around 5 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

Authorities are still searching for Craig Rideout’s 2010 grey Honda Odyssey with the license plate CTR-2094.

“We are certain that this is one of the vehicles at the Adams Road crime scene,” Spike said.

"Our investigation was able to link all these things together, a rather complex case as things are coming down, but things are coming together," said Spike at a news conference in Rochester Friday afternoon.

Laura Rideout, Alexander Rideout and Colin Rideout were sent to Monroe County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. According to WHEC-10, Laura Rideout was bailed out around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. She said nothing as she left with her attorney by her side. Her attorney told reporters she had no comment.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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.

Includes reporting by WHEC-10