Updated: 10/18/2013 8:15 PM
Created: 10/18/2013 6:54 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion
This is a story that has shocked many since Adam Chase went missing in June of 2012. Months later, his wife Rose confessed to killing her husband, but she said it was an accident.
An Ontario County jury could have charged Rose with manslaughter, but after looking at a key piece of evidence Friday morning, they found her guilty of second degree murder.
Prosecutors say she had originally reported that Adam had gone missing. But officials say she had actually pushed him down the stairs of their home in Stanley, killing him. Investigators say weeks later, she dismembered and burned his body.
It's been an emotional ride for the Chase family since the moment Adam went missing. His mother Silvia Chase told us she knew who was responsible from the very beginning. She also says she knew deep in her heart on Friday that Rose Chase would be found guilty.
He was a great father and an excellent guy. he always cared for other people.
It's been more than a year since Adam Chase went missing, but it only took four hours for a jury to find his wife Rose guilty of murder.
Silvia Chase says, "Justice was done, my son can rest."
District Attorney Michael Tantillo says the interrogation video served as a key piece of evidence in this trial and when it was announced there was a verdict, he was more than confident.
"When we were figuring it out," says Tantillo. "They just really only deliberated for four hours or a little bit more than four hours, so that suggests to us that the case was pretty strong."
The verdict brought little peace to the Chase family, who can now only hold on to memories. But it was clear another family would also never be the same.
Rose's mother, Patricia Mooney says, "She was a loving mom, she loved her son. I love my daughter, I'm a mom. I'm going to always love my daughter no matter what.
The Chase family says they know very well this outcome could not be possible without Rodney Miller. He is a family friend who happens to be a private investigator. Miller spent hours looking for Adam and, without him, Adam's body may have never been found.
"Thinking about the worst, but you always hope for the best," says Miller. "I asked god to help me find him when I was looking for him. When I was running out of options, I prayed today that we were going to get a conviction and we got that."
Siliva says, "He never gave up and I could never repay Rodney for all his help."
Rose Chase is expected back in court on January 15 for sentencing and she faces 25 years to life.