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State police: Remains tentatively identified as missing Chateaugay man

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CHATEAUGAY - State police announced Tuesday that the human remains that were discovered last week buried behind a residence at 14 White St., Chateaugay, have been tentatively identified as those of Dale S. Jarvis Sr, 48.

Full positive identification is “pending further forensic comparison,” according to a state police news release.

Franklin County Coroner Brian Langdon officially ruled Mr. Jarvis Sr.’s death a homicide.

Officials are not yet releasing the cause of death.

“Because of the nature of the ongoing investigation, we are not releasing further information at this time,” District Attorney Derek Champagne said Tuesday.

Mr. Jarvis Sr. was the subject of a missing persons case until Thursday, when state police Troop B Commander Maj. Richard Smith announced that it was being shifted to a homicide investigation. Police had been seeking Mr. Jarvis Sr. for about three weeks, Maj. Smith said last week.

Officials have not yet stated if there is a suspect or suspects.

The Troop B Forensic Investigation Unit located the body buried in an area behind Mr. Jarvis Sr.’s house that Maj. Smith said a witness pointed them toward, claiming in a deposition that the earth had been disturbed in recent months. Mr. Jarvis Sr.’s brother, Allen Jarvis of Churubusco, said last week Dale Jarvis Jr. told him he buried his father’s mattress and box spring in the area where the body was found in the weeks after Mr. Jarvis Sr. vanished, but said he isn’t sure why.

“DJ said he buried the box spring and mattress under the garden with a backhoe,” Allen Jarvis said last week. “Really, something’s going on.”

Maj. Smith said troopers opened the case after developing information from a confidential informant that Mr. Jarvis Sr. mysteriously vanished in February and had not been seen or heard from since. Maj. Smith said the confidential informant and the witness that pointed them to excavate the garden are two different people.

Mr. Jarvis Sr.’s father, Maynard Jarvis of Chateaugay, said Jarvis Jr. told him on a night in February, a vehicle pulled up the house and his father went to speak with the occupants. He said Jarvis Jr. told him Mr. Jarvis Sr. came back inside, handed him his keys and cell phone and said he was “going south.” Maynard Jarvis also said that it was not unusual for his son to disappear for weeks or months at a time with no word.

Members of the Jarvis family could not be reached for comment.

The case is being investigated by the New York State Police and the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

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