The Big Bloody: Ste. Genevieve Duo Charged in Murder Coverup

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Kenneth Ritrovato Jr.
Officials in Jefferson County yesterday issued warrants for Angela Parke of Ste. Genevieve for tampering with evidence and Kenneth J. Ritrovato Jr. of Ste. Genevieve for the murder of Chester Scherer.

Scherer was last seen at a party on Friday, August 7, 2009 in rural Desoto with Ritrovato and Parke. After Scherer was reported missing investigators say they located a crime scene in rural Desoto that "suggested violence" and became concerned for Scherer's well being.


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Angela Parke
The vehicle Scherer was riding in that night was reported stolen and later recovered burned in St. Louis. On Monday, August 31, 2009 investigators and cadaver dogs from the Missouri Region C Technical Rescue Team were searching an area around Upper Plattin Road in rural Desoto, and located the body of Scherer.

Scherer died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Ritrovato is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Parke has been charged with tampering with evidence. Her bond has been set at $7,500.

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