CHATEAUGAY — Residents in the Town of Chateaugay are grasping for answers following the discovery of a body at the home of Dale Jarvis Sr.
The Chateaugay man, who was last seen in February, was just recently reported as missing from his 14 White St. home.
“It’s mind boggling because it’s so close, and knowing the people. It’s not good,” Olive Kavanaugh said while sitting on her porch at 8 White St. Thursday afternoon.
She has been watching police cars and media vans go up and down the street since earlier in the week, while trying to understand what happened to her 48-year-old neighbor.
“It’s been quite hectic down through here,” she said.
Kavanaugh has lived on the property for 65 years but doesn’t recall regularly seeing Jarvis in the neighborhood.
“He was quiet. A bit of a loner,” she said. “I didn’t see him very often. He drove up and down the road, but that was about it.”
Before a State Police press conference at the property, Kavanaugh said she was
hoping the investigators had located animal remains, not human.
“He had a lot of animals. I am hoping that’s what they found,” she said.
Later in the afternoon, State Police Troop B Commander Major Richard Smith Jr. confirmed that human remains were found behind the Jarvis home. He said the body, which has not been identified, will be extracted from the site and taken to Albany, where an autopsy will be performed.
Kim ODell, who was working the lunch shift at the Owl’s Nest Pizza and More on East Main Street, knew Jarvis from living in the area and had heard stories of his disappearance.
“I knew who he was growing up. He always lived here his whole life,” she said.
She said town residents seem both shocked and curious about what happened to the missing man.
“It’s different for Chateaugay to see something like this,” she added.
Resident Steven Burnette said he had just heard about Jarvis’s disappearance this week and was familiar with the family.
“I used to do work for Ronnie Jarvis,” he said of Dale’s brother. “I was friends with the family.”
Burnette said he didn’t expect to hear something about like this happening in the town.
“But we didn’t expect the Shoemaker case either,” he added.
Kathryn A. Shoemaker, 33, of Chateaugay was sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with the 2009 murder of 51-year-old Ravin Miller of Churubusco.
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