Four indicted for murder of Craig Rideout

Four of the victim's family members have been charged with murder in the death of Craig Rideout in July (Photo: Provided by family)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Monroe County grand jury indicted four people on murder charges in the death of Craig Rideout.

Laura Rideout, 45, his estranged wife, as well as the couple's two sons, Alex, 19, and Colin, 22. and her boyfriend Paul Tucci, were indicted on the charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence Friday.

Craig Rideout was found dead wrapped in a tarp and tied with bungee cords in July in a wooded area of Jerusalem, Yates County. Some sort of acid or corrosive material was poured over his face to disfigure him and/or prevent him from being identified.

Court papers indicate he was strangled in the basement of his Penfield home by a cord wrapped completely around his neck.

Fewer than eight hours before the discovery of Craig Rideout's body, security cameras caught Laura Rideout and Tucci entering the Walmart on Hudson Avenue. Electronic receipts show they purchased a 24 foot tarp, bungee cords, bug repellent, and a Diet Coke.

In September, investigators said they received a court order from a judge, ordering Laura Rideout to provide a DNA sample to see if it matched the Diet Coke bottle found in the basement of Craig Rideout's residence.

Colin and Alexander Rideout are accused of trying to dump a bag with gloves and drain cleaner in Mendon Ponds Park.

Craig Rideout's best friend, David Higbee, told 13WHAM News that the charges don't come as complete shock.

"There was a divorce, and that is not an uncommon thing in our day and age, but this was particularly acrimonious, and I think based on the personalities involved. I suppose that will come out in the trial," Higbee said.

The four will be arraigned in court next week.

"This is the outworking of some terrible narrative in somebody's mind," Higbee said. "I hope the individuals involved will resolve this in their own hearts as well."

Friday night, Craig Rideout's sister, Robbyn Drew, released a statement on behalf of her family.

My family and I would like to thank the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney’s Office for their tireless efforts in investigating the murder of my brother, Craig, and in getting an indictment brought this afternoon.
To say that Craig is missed by not only us, but his many friends and coworkers, would be a gross understatement. The continued outpouring of love and support from all of our friends is both humbling and appreciated. We thank you all.
This is only the beginning of what will be, yet again, a difficult time. Please allow us time to continue to mourn our great loss.
We also want to thank all media outlets for their continued support and their respect of our family’s request for privacy during this most traumatic time.
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