Kerrilee D'Avolio

Body of missing mom found in landfill. Husband claims she took her own life but investigators say otherwise [Police]

A body found in a New York landfill earlier this week has been positively identified as a mother who disappeared Saturday. Her husband is now facing charges in connection with her death but claims the woman took her own life.

ABC9 reports that authorities found the body of 32-year-old Kerrilee D’Avolio at a landfill in Oneida County on Tuesday, a day after her brother-in-law called police with disturbing news about the woman’s husband.

According to police, Jason D’Avolio went to his brother’s work and said there was a possible homicide at the family’s home off of Belmont Lane. D’Avolio lived at the home with his wife, Kerrilee, and their three young daughters.

Authorities searched the home and found what they described as an “aftermath of a serious crime.” After locating the victim’s body on Tuesday, authorities found a rifle in a barge canal which reportedly matched the description of the weapon used.

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According to Lt. James P. Boyer, authorities found the victim’s body after Jason D’Avolio admitted that he put her “in a dumpster somewhere in the City of Rome,” Rome Sentinel reports.

Boyer added that police believe D’Avolio killed Kerrilee on Sunday night or early Monday morning. As of now, D’Avolio has only been charged with one felony count of concealment of a human corpse. More charges are expected. Authorities are waiting on autopsy results and the official cause of death.

Although D’Avolio reportedly told the police that Kerrilee killed herself, Boyer reportedly said the suspect has given several different stories about the incident.

Meanwhile, an order of protection was issued for the couple’s daughters on Tuesday afternoon, against D’Avolio. The children, ages 2, 4 and 5, are now “safe and with family members.” It’s unclear if any of the children witnessed anything.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Rome Police Department Detective Division at 315-339-7715.

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[Feature Photo: Kerrilee D’Avolio/Handout]