Charges filed in August murder case

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:44 PM CST

Two Ste. Genevieve residents have been charged in connection with the death of a Ste. Genevieve man whose body was found in August in rural De Soto.

The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office announced last week that Kenneth Ritrovato Jr., 33, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Chester A. Scherer, 53, of Ste. Genevieve.

Angela Parke of Ste. Genevieve has been charged with tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

According to authorities, Scherer was last seen alive at a party that Ritrovato and Parke also attended the night of Aug. 7 in rural De Soto. After Scherer was reported missing Aug. 11, the vehicle he was riding in was later recovered in the city of St. Louis. The vehicle had been burned.

Scherer's body was found by police during a search with cadaver dogs Aug. 31 around Upper Plattin Road in rural De Soto. It was determined Scherer died of multiple stab wounds.

Ritrovato is being held without bond. Parke is being held on a $7,500 cash-only bond.

Authorities reported that the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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