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Troop B investigators honored for work on Wing, Jarvis murder investigations

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RAY BROOK - New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico commended and recognized 23 individuals and one unit for bravery, investigative persistence, police education, traffic safety, community service and overall exceptional contributions at the New York State Police Annual Awards Day Ceremony.

The 37th annual ceremony, held at the New York State Police Academy, pays tribute to the courage and perseverance of employees and sworn members of the New York State Police.

Today’s awards ceremony immediately followed the State Police’s Annual Memorial Day Service to honor the memory and service of deceased members of the State Police.

Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “Every day, the men and women of the State Police are performing selfless acts of courage, heroism and bravery. Our troopers are ensuring the safety and security of all New Yorkers while fighting crime and protecting the innocent. Our non-sworn employees of the State Police are dedicated and committed to public service, demonstrating outstanding qualities on a daily basis. Today we recognize those troopers and employees who have shown an extraordinary commitment to the people of the State of New York. It is through their exemplary service and duty that makes the New York State Police among the most well respected law enforcement agencies in the world.”

Among the awards presented were:

The following awards were presented:

Superintendent’s Commendation Awards

The recipients of the Superintendents Commendation Awards were selected from the many members who have received Letters of Commendation from the Superintendent during the past year. The awards presented today recognize the recipients’ outstanding performance of duty and exceptional contribution to the New York State Police.

Investigators Jason J. Pelkey and Dennis C. Dwyer II, Troop B

On June 19, 2012, an investigation was commenced after information was obtained indicating that Dale Jarvis Sr. of Chateaugay, may be a missing person. This information resulted in an extensive investigation and successful conclusion of a homicide case in which Investigators Jason J. Pelkey and Dennis C. Dwyer II participated. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Jarvis’ son, Dale S. Jarvis, Jr., was as a suspect in his father’s disappearance. As a member of Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team, Investigator Dwyer was assigned as the lead investigator for this case. During subsequent interviews of Dale Jarvis Jr., he provided an elaborate version of his father’s disappearance, which was quickly established as a fabrication. Based on Investigator Dwyer’s personal observations and interviews, he gathered the necessary evidence to obtain a search warrant for the Jarvis property. During the search, the remains of Mr. Jarvis were located buried under debris on his property. Significant physical evidence, which further tied Dale Jarvis Jr. to the death of his father, was recovered buried 12 feet deep on the property. An autopsy was performed, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide due to severe skull fractures and brain injuries caused by blunt force trauma. Investigators Dwyer and Pekley’s investigation established that Dale S. Jarvis Jr. had killed his father during an argument in the residence and then methodically disposed of his father’s body and evidence, which he buried with a backhoe on the property. The overwhelming evidence collected throughout this investigation was instrumental in the District Attorney being able to resolve this case without going to trial. On September 11, 2012, Dale S. Jarvis Jr. pled guilty to Manslaughter 1st and was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

Investigator Raymond A. Planty (now Senior Investigator), Troop B

On Nov. 17, 2010, Jason M. Wing, 21, was reported missing by his stepbrother. Wing hadn’t been seen in more than two and a half months and his last known address was in Winthrop, living with Dustin J. Trimm. Wing and Trimm were alleged to have been involved in a long-term relationship. Dustin Trimmwas interviewed and admitted to their relationship. He stated Wing had suddenly left the area at the end of August 2010, and could offer no plausible explanation as to why Wing left without notifying any of his friends or family. He claimed to have no knowledge of Wing’s whereabouts at that time. For two months, numerous leads were investigated by Troop B BCI including the Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team (VCIT). There was no indication Wing had been seen alive since late August 2010. On January 21, 2011, Troop B VCIT adopted the case and Investigator Raymond A. Planty was assigned as the case investigator. Throughout the remainder of the year, Investigator Planty and the Troop B VCIT continued a methodical investigation which kept leading back to Trimm. Investigator Planty was eventually able to obtain a search warrant for the property on which Wing was believed to be buried. On February 1, 2012, buried human remains, subsequently determined to be those of Jason M. Wing,were recovered in the town of Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, New York. The murder weapon used to kill Wing was also located buried on the property. An autopsy was conducted and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide due to a gunshot wound to the head. On Feb. 2, 2012, Dustin J. Trimm was arrested for second-degree murder.

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