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Man Charged with Murder of Missing Woman

November 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The 42 year old live-in-boyfriend of a missing Calumet City woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide. Although the body of Gena Chiodo has not been located, police say there is enough evidence to support the charges against Donal Clark, a man who has a reported history of domestic violence.

According to the Chicago Tribune, friends of Chiodo, many of who reported seeing the victim with bruises on her arms and throat during her 18 month relationship with Clark,  became concerned when she didn’t show up for work or answer calls. The police were contacted and sent to the couple’s home. They found Clark at home, and he claimed he didn’t know where she was.

Police also found a bloody scene inside the home, leading to the first-degree murder charge. There was blood was splattered on the walls, a desk and a treadmill in a weight room on the first floor. The bathroom had a strong smell of bleach and police found blood around the toilet bowl. There was no shower curtain in the bathroom, but police did find one outside in the garbage, covered in blood. One bedroom had a blood soaked pillow; another bedroom had a shattered mirror. Police also found a pool of blood on a carpet inside the backdoor landing.

Bloodied lingerie and a shower curtain, a necklace, two cell phones with missing memory cards and picture frames, all broken, were recovered from the trash outside Chiodo’s house. Prosecutors report that Clark made incriminating statements while in custody. He allegedly told his brother he “woke up and she was in his arms covered in blood” and that he tried to give Chiodo mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He also talked about telling police where the body is if he “could get a deal,”Clark is currently being held without bail.

If you are accused and arrested for a violent crime, you need to make sure all your rights are protected. Consult an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney today to represent you.

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