(WPRI) – Nearly a quarter-century after his disappearance, the FBI is reminding Americans that Adam Emery remains on their “Most Wanted” list.
Emery went missing in November 1993, just hours after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Jason Bass.
The Emerys’ car was found abandoned on the Newport Bridge, and less than a year later, Emery’s wife Elena’s remains were found in Narragansett Bay. Emery was never seen or heard from again.
Some believe he jumped to his death along with his wife, Elena, but others, including Bass’ family, believe he’s still alive.
“It’s just tough to think about,” said Bass’s niece, Melissa Seal-Cruz, wiping away tears. Seal-Cruz was just 10 years old when her uncle was killed. She said finding Emery would bring her family closure.
“Finally some peace of mind,” she told Eyewitness News. “Some peace. Period.”
Seal-Cruz’s father, Ray, was Jason Bass’ older brother. He said he remembers getting the call that his brother had been killed on that August,1990 night.
“It was 1:30, 2 o’clock in the morning,” he said. “I got a phone call from my mom, and she’s all distraught and she’s screaming and she’s crying.”
Bass had been stabbed in the heart by Emery, who believed Bass had side-swiped his car while at Rocky Point Park. It was a case of mistaken identity — Bass never hit Emery’s car — but he still paid the ultimate price.
Bass’ cousin Joshua Post was with him at the time. He remembers seeing Emery push Bass, stabbing him in the chest. Bass was pronounced dead on scene.
“It wasn’t real,” Post remembers thinking when an officer told him his cousin was dead. “I was a young kid and I didn’t want to believe him, obviously.”
Three years after Bass’ death, Emery was convicted of second-degree murder. And then he was gone.
Twenty-three years later, his whereabouts remain a mystery. The FBI put out a tweet Monday afternoon reminding folks that he’s still wanted for that second-degree murder charge, and asking for the public’s help in locating Emery “and bring his crimes to justice.”
Last year, Eyewitness News Anchor Mike Montecalvo went in-depth on the Emery case, speaking with Rhode Island State Police about their investigation.
Emery is being described as a white male, approximately 6’1″, 175 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
While some members of Bass’ family say finding Emery would bring them closure, Post knows nothing will ever change what happened on that August day.
“It’s never going to heal that scar,” he said. “It will never make it OK.”
The FBI says he should be considered armed and dangerous and the public should contact their local FBI office with any tips as to Emery’s whereabouts.