A woman in Upstate New York is accused of killing her husband and stuffing his corpse in a pile of manure on their family farm. That woman has been named by the New York State Police as Charlene Mess, 48, of Attica, Wyoming County. Her husband was 52-year-old Douglas Mess.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Doug Mess Was First Reported as a Missing Person
According to a press release from the New York State Police, cops went to the Mess residence on the afternoon of April 20. The original report came from the son of Doug Mess, who said his father was missing, having not been seen since the previous night. After an “aerial and ground search,” Doug Mess was found dead and covered in manure at around 6:30 p.m.
2. Charlene Mess Faces 25 Years in Prison
The following day, Charlene Mess was charged with murder in the 2nd degree at the Village of Warsaw Court. She’s held without bail. In the New York State Police release, it’s stated that the couple had been married for 30 years. According to New York law, she could face a maximum of 25 years in prison.
3. ‘You Won’t Find Anybody Who Didn’t Like Doug Mess’
The Wyoming County Daily News reports that the incident is being treated as an argument that got out of control. Speaking to the Daily News, Doug Mess’ boss Bill Baskin said, “You won’t find anybody who didn’t like him, you won’t find anybody who didn’t respect him, you won’t find anybody he didn’t get along with.”
4. A Go Fund Me Has Been Set Up to Help His Kids
A Go Fund Me Page has been set up in memory of Douglas Mess. The page, set up to help his children, reads:
Doug Mess was a hard working man whose life was surprisingly cut short by a terrible tragedy. Doug worked full time with Baskin Livestock in Batavia, NY and ran his own family farm.
Doug was a very kind man. Always willing to give you the shirt off his back if need be. He will surely be missed by many.
This fund is to help the children of Doug with arragements and whatever else they need to help put this great man to rest.
5. It’s the First Murder in Wyoming County in 9 Years
There hasn’t been a murder in Wyoming County since March 2006 when a man, Carey VanBuren, 46, killed his mother with a hammer. He pleaded guilty in the crime.