July 20, 2012

Human remains found; murder likely

State Police to investigate as a homicide case

CHATEAUGAY — State Police say they are investigating a murder after finding human remains in a shallow grave behind the home of a Chateaugay man last seen on Feb. 20.

No identification has been made, and an autopsy is to be conducted in Albany in the coming days, said State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain.

Dale Jarvis Sr., 48, was last seen five months ago by his son, Dale Jr., who is known as “D.J.” and also lived at 14 White St. in the Village of Chateaugay.


During a second day of excavation in the backyard Thursday, human remains were found buried “below grade deep” where a witness had reported “the yard had been disturbed earlier this year,” said State Police Troop B Commander Maj. Richard Smith Jr.

“The method that the body has been placed behind the house has led us to determine that we’re going to be conducting this investigation as a homicide,” he said.

The remains were to be removed later in the afternoon Thursday and taken downstate for an autopsy.

Smith said that if proper identifying documents, such as dental records, are found and compared, the ID could be made “within a week.”

No arrests have been made, and no more information was available “about the individual or individuals involved,” he said, but it is being considered a homicide investigation.

“We can’t rule anyone in or anyone out,” he said.

Smith would not elaborate on circumstances of the crime because those details are only known to the State Police and the killer or killers.


Members of the uniformed State Police and the Troop B Forensic Identification Unit began to excavate portions of a 3-acre property behind the home on Wednesday and started a second day of painstaking work when the remains were found, Smith said.

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