Statement from Acting Chief of Police Patrick M. Ambrose:
“Philip Chism was found guilty this afternoon of the murder of Colleen Ritzer. As a Department, our thoughts remain with the Ritzer family and we hope that today’s outcome can provide some closure and comfort as they begin their healing process.
I commend the members of the Danvers Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police who were involved in this investigation for their professionalism. I would like to thank the jurors for their service, Judge Lowy for his expertise and the staff of the Essex County District Attorney’s office for their tireless efforts in the pursuit of justice.”