NARRAGANSETT—-Narragansett Police officers apprehended Cara L. Rintala, 45, at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. Rintala has been indicted by the Hampshire Grand Jury in Massachusetts on the 2010 murder of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, in their former home at 18 Barton Street in Granby, Massachusetts.
Narrragansett Police Department was contacted by Massachusetts State Police last year to advise them that Rintala was a suspect in the 2010 murder case. Rintala has been living for the past year in her parents’ home at 42 Fox Drive off of Clarke Road. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) put out a full extradition warrant for Rintala’s arrest, and NPD subsequently set up surveillance in order to capture Rintala.
“We set up surveillance along Route 108 and after about 10 minutes, we stopped her pulling onto Clarke Road,” said NPD Detective Lieutenant Sean P. Corrigan. “We had no problem taking her into custody.”
Rintala was booked by NPD as a fugitive from justice and appeared Thursday morning at Washington County Courthouse for arraignment. Representatives from Granby and Massachusetts State Police departments were on hand Wednesday for Rintala’s arrest.
“We would expect her to waive her extradition and Massachusetts State Police will take her into custody and bring her back to Massachusetts,” said Corrigan.
On March 29, 2010, Granby Police and Massachusetts State Police found Cochrane Rintala’s body in the basement of the couple’s home on 18 Barton Street. Officers said that Cochrane Rintala had been strangled and stuck on the head multiple times.
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