The Newport Bridge stands a majestic 219 feet above the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. But on the evening of November 10, 1993, the bridge was the scene of a sobering discovery, the latest twist in one of the state’s most sensational murder cases.
Shortly before 7:00 PM, a bridge supervisor and a state trooper investigated an empty car that was blocking one of the westbound lanes. The engine was running and the headlights were on. On the back seat were several articles of clothing, neatly folded. Up front, there was cash, cut up credit cards, and a driver’s license.
Robert Moorehead was the bridge supervisor on duty that evening:
“When I first got up there, I thought it was an abandoned car. He checked the car and… that’s when we knew… it’s the Emery’s car.”
Most anyone in Rhode Island would have recognized the name Emery. That very day, Adam Emery, the car’s owner, had been convicted of murder. Though he was free on bail, Emery faced 20 years to life in the state penitentiary. Now it appeared that Adam and his wife, Elena, had found a way out of their impending separation–by jumping to their deaths off the Newport Bridge.
It all began three years earlier, on August 30, 1990. Adam Emery, his wife Elena, and another couple stopped for dinner at a local seafood stand. It was just before 9:00 PM when a car whizzed by and sideswiped Adam’s car. The car then sped away and disappeared around a corner. Adam and his party decided to chase the vehicle.
The car they were chasing was driven by 20-year-old Jason Bass. Adam caught up to the car, and cut it off. He then exited his vehicle and began yelling at Jason Bass. In an unfortunate turn of events, Jason was stabbed once through the heart. He died before ambulances could arrive.
The tragedy of Jason’s death was compounded by the facts that soon emerged. According to Detective Hopkins, Jason never so much as touched Adam Emery’s car
The trial ended on November 10th, Adam Emery’s 31 st birthday. Adam Emery was found guilty of second-degree murder. The judge allowed him to remain free on bail pending formal sentencing a month later. But by nightfall, Adam and Elena were dead. Or so it seemed.
Their actions leading up to the suicide were questionable. They stopped by a sporting goods store and had dinner at a fast food place before stopping at the bridge. Actions investigators say are not typical of people intending to end their life.
Months later the remains of Elena Emery were found by a fisherman deep in the Narragansett Bay. Elena had at last been found. But to date, there’s been no trace of Adam. Perhaps, his bones are deep in Narragansett Bay. Or perhaps, the day will come when Adam Emery turns up alive.
Officially, the case is still open. Reliable sources say there’s no reason to believe Adam Emery ever committed suicide.