Investigation into homicide of Rome mother continues

Police are still conducting interviews, processing evidence, and waiting for results of the autopsy.

Posted: Aug 1, 2019 12:30 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2019 5:56 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The investigation into what police are calling the homicide of Kerrilee D'Avolio continues Thursday. Autopsy results police and prosecutors had hoped to receive Thursday, likely won't come until early next week, as the medical examiner, in Onondaga County, works to complete a thorough autopsy report. 

"There's more to what they do than just the actual physical examination, so we're assisting them with answering questions that they have and working together with them," says Lt. James Boyer, of Rome Police. 

Police are still busy on the investigative trail in Rome, too. 

"We're still following up on leads, doing background investigations on both the victim and the defendant in this case and people are still coming forward with information," said Lt. Boyer. 

Kerrilee D'Avolio's husband, Jason D'Avolio, claims she killed herself; he just disposed of her body and the long gun she used. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of concealment of a human corpse and is in the Oneida County Jail with $10,000 bail. More charges are possible once autopsy results are known. 

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