DA SHAW: HOMICIDE CHARGES FILED FOR ANDERSON DEATH

                   Denny Bailey

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that charges have been filed for the August 2017    death of twenty-year-old Chase Anderson.

Shaw identified the Defendants as: Denny Scott Bailey, age 38, of Woodland; Kenja Kasheem Tew, age 22, of Glen Richey; and Chantell Renee Demi, age 26, of Woodland,

On April 3, 2018, Trooper David Patrick of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed criminal complaints charging Bailey and Tew with Criminal Homicide and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Homicide.  Demi has been charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Homicide.  Additional charges of Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault Tampering with Evidence, Abuse of Corpse, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Conspiracy have been filed against all three Defendants.

An affidavit of probable cause filed by Patrick states that on August 22, 2017, Anderson was reported missing to the Curwensville Police Department.  An investigation was started, and police identified the last person to communicate with Anderson.  Through further investigation, it was learned that Anderson was working for Bailey.  On August 29, 2017, the Curwensville Police Department requested the assistance of the State Police to further investigate the missing person report.  On that same day, officers spoke with a witness who reported hearing Tew engaged in a conversation indicating Anderson was not coming back alive.  Further interviews identified witness who reported  that Tew acknowledged participating in Anderson’s death.

                            Kenja Tew

Following multiple witness interviews, police determined that Anderson was killed by Bailey and Tew, with the assistance of Demi. Anderson was stabbed multiple times and his remains were burned.  Demi purchased duct tape, zip ties, and garbage bags for use during the homicide.

On August 30, 2017, Tew accompanied State Troopers to a remote location near Hyde, Clearfield County, where officers discovered burnt human remains.  Dr. Dennis Dirkmat, a forensic anthropologist, responded to the scene with students from Mercyhurst University to examine the scene.  Following an anthropological examination, the remains were identified as Chase Anderson.  Dr. Dirkmat identified locations of blunt force trauma, as well as 26 events consistent with sharp force trauma.

Trooper Patrick filed additional complaints against Demi, Bailey, and Joseph Clayton Ralston, age 38, of Curwensville for their efforts to destroy evidence of the homicide.

Shaw explained that charges of Arson, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Arson, and Tampering with Evidence have been filed against Demi and Ralston.  Bailey has been charged with Conspircay to Commit Arson and Tampering with Evidence.

                        Chantell Demi

An affidavit of probable cause filed by Patrick states that Demi and Ralston burned a 2005 Ford Explorer owned by Bailey’s mother.  The Ford Explorer was used during the homicide of Chase Anderson.  Witness interviews established that Bailey instructed Demi to dispose of the Explorer.  Ralston and Demi then took the vehicle to a remote location in Clearfield County and set the vehicle on fire.

Shaw reported that Bailey, Tew, and Demi have been incarcerated on parole violations since the investigation began.  All three were arraigned on the charges today by Magisterial District Judge Michael Morris.  Preliminary hearings are scheduled for April 11, 2018.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ralston.  Anyone with information on Ralston’s location is asked to call the Clearfield State Police at (814) 857-3800.

Shaw commended Trooper Patrick for the exhaustive investigation conducted in this case.  Shaw also thanked the State Police and Curwensville Police Department for their tireless efforts to investigate this senseless killing.  Finally, Shaw thanked Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat and his team of students for their assistance.

                     Joseph Ralston

Anyone with knowledge or information about a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700.

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