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Newfield man becomes 12th indicted in Thomas Rath murder

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A Tioga County Grand Jury indicted a 12th individual, 37-year-old Joseph M. Howell of Newfield, in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Thomas Rath from Ithaca.


Howell now faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, and three counts of intimidating a witness.

Thomas Rath was abducted from an Ithaca homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” on May 20.

His remains were discovered in a shallow grave on state lands in the Candor town on August 3. The authorities initiated arrests related to the case on August 16.


Two additional suspects previously arrested saw their charges enhanced by the grand jury. Colleen Dillon, originally charged with first-degree kidnapping, is now facing first and second-degree murder charges. Similarly, Jonathan Glennon, who was detained in Maine, saw his initial second-degree murder charge upgraded to include first-degree murder and kidnapping.

The authorities have yet to divulge the motive behind the heinous act. Among the 12 indicted in relation to Rath’s case, charges predominantly range from first and second-degree murder to kidnapping in the first degree.