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Son finds relief knowing Perinton couple still together

PERINTON, NY (WROC) - A son is coping after a Perinton couple, reported missing last week, were found dead on Thursday.

The SUV belonging to Robert and Mary Ross was pulled from the Genesee River Thursday morning. The couple had been reported missing last week after Robert missed appointments for his cancer treatment.

The last trace of the couple had been Mary's phone pinging a cell tower in the Charlotte area on January 30. Other than that, the couple had seemingly vanished without a trace.

Crews searched for a week, checking locations around Charlotte, the lake and eventually the river where deputies would locate the couple's vehicle.

Friday afternoon, deputies confirmed the bodies of Robert and Mary Ross were inside the SUV that was pulled from the Genesee River. But for the couple’s son, Bobby, he knew they were gone Thursday when their white KIA was pulled from the Genesee River.

In fact, he wouldn’t call them gone, but home. Death isn’t easy. But finding Robert and Mary has been somewhat of a relief for Ross. He says he still doesn’t understand why they did it; why they took that left and went down the boat ramp. He says he knows some of those questions might never be answered, but he’s trying to find comfort knowing Robert and Mary are together.

"You kind of see everything in a new light," said Bobby Ross, son. "We thought we had time. We thought we had time. We thought we had 18 months with Dad so let’s do as much as we can with Dad. But you don’t have time, time has you."

The biggest thanks he gives is to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. He adds it basically took them less than three days to find his parents with practically no leads.

Now, he and his family are moving forward and start planning the funeral.


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