March 04, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Suspect Arrested in Linda G. Riley's Murder

The Springfield Police Department has arrested a 65 year old, Greene County man for second degree murder. Jay Eugene Rothe (w/m, 02/13/1947) has been arrested in connection with the murder of Linda Riley. Riley was reported missing from her Springfield home by a neighbor on February 27th.

Springfield detectives arrested Rothe just after midnight, earlier today. SPD detectives worked with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to recover Riley’s body near Stockton Lake.

Detectives will present their case to the Greene County prosecutor later today. The suspect has not been formally charged. The next of kin has been notified.

“The charges announced herein are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

SPD Case Number: 12-8024
Media Contact: Officer David T. Snider, phone: 417-864-1786
Release authorized by: Lt. David Millsap

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd