Arrest Made in Springfield Woman's Death
SPRINGFIELD - Greene County Court documents say a 65-year-old Springfield man is charged in the death of a woman whose body he burned near Stockton Lake. Jay E. Rothe was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the death of Linda Riley, who was reported missing from her Springfield home on Feb. 27.
The Springfield News-Leader reports court documents say Rothe told police he accidentally killed Riley when she hit her head during an altercation at his home.
Rothe said he wrapped her body in a tarp and took it to Stockton Lake near Aldrich. Court documents say he fished while burning her body.
Rothe is being held in the Greene County Jail on $500,000 bond. Online court documents do not indicate that Rothe has an attorney.