View Full Version : Deceased/Not Found AK - Scott Coville, 26, Sitka, 12 April 1988 *J. Reth guilty*

01-13-2010, 08:31 PM
There's been an arrest made in an Alaskan Cold Case.

45 year old Jane Reth of Illinois has been arrested in the murder of her husband Scott Coville back in 1988.

There's been new findings in the case. Reth will be extradited to Alaska. They never found this poor man's body. Hmmmmmm.


01-14-2010, 07:44 AM
Wow! I sure hope there are follow up stories on this case. I wonder what new evidence was uncovered? It must be pretty damning to arrest her. Hopefully this will lead to locating his remains so that he can be properly laid to rest. Prayers to his family.

01-14-2010, 03:35 PM
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I love that cold case getting solved stuff.

01-17-2010, 06:43 AM
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I love that cold case getting solved stuff.

No problem, TM.

Scott Coville's mother was shocked. She had always been suspicious as this chick never reported him missing or called the family. They had met in college Scott and Jane. Well alot at link. Those poor people all those years just wondering.


Joe Friday
11-29-2010, 04:47 PM
Mother in Alaska cold case murder thankful for resolution

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The mother of a man murdered in Sitka almost 23 years ago says she's thankful to the determined cold case detectives who caught her son's killer and for bringing the family closure after two decades of mystery surrounding his disappearance.


Now that Scott's wife, Jane Reth, has confessed to the murder, Reta can stop worrying about what happened to her son.

"In one aspect, it's less painful to have the knowledge that they didn't cease loving you," she said.

Reth, 45, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Sitka Superior Court on Nov. 22. Reth entered the plea by telephone from Lemon Creek Correctional Center, where she's been since troopers extradited her from Oswego, Ill.

Read more interesting facts about the case here: http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/10469891/article-Mother-in-Alaska-cold-case-murder-thankful-for-resolution?instance=home_most_popular6

05-19-2015, 01:39 AM
From March 2011:


Assistant District Attorney Jean Seaton, representing the state, sought a 70-year sentence for Reth, highlighting in graphic detail how Reth shot Coville in his sleep, then dismembered his body with an ax, putting the pieces into garbage bags, throwing them into the trash and cleaning up afterward...

“It took all night to accomplish her task,” George said. “And when she had cut up the body into small enough pieces to fit into garbage bags, so that she could dispose of that and hopefully have it incinerated, she then set about to clean the house. And she cleaned that room fastidiously.”

That said, George did acknowledge her lack of any other criminal record, and the good deeds she’s done in recent years. His sentence was 55 years, with 19 suspended. That puts Reth behind bars for 36 years, or 24 if she has good behavior.

Charley profile: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/coville_scott.html