Ex-Boyfriend Charged With Murder of Missing Chandler Woman. Body Never Recovered
Police have yet to recover the body of a Chandler woman who's been missing since last March, but authorities feel they have enough evidence to charge her ex-boyfriend with murder.
The Chandler Police Department announced today that Rick Valentini -- a.k.a. Bryan Stewart -- has been charged with second-degree murder in the apparent death of ex-girlfriend Jamie Jean Laiaddee, 32.
Laiaddee was last seen by Valentini on March 18 of last year outside of her Chandler home.
Laiaddee's estranged father, who lives in California, called police after speaking to Valentini, who told him he hadn't seen her in about 10 weeks.
Valentini was questioned by police and told them the two broke up the day before she was last seen -- right after she said she was moving to Denver to find a new job.
Valentini, however, was an obvious person of interest in her disappearance -- and when he was caught driving her car after she was reported missing, it certainly didn't help change his status.
Shortly after Laiaddee was reported missing, he was stopped by Scottsdale police for an unrelated traffic warrant. The car he was driving belonged to his missing ex-girlfriend, and credit cards he was using were determined to belong to her, too.
Chandler police still are looking for Laiaddee's body. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.
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