Capt. Ray Keefe speaks to reporters outside of the East Dummerston Fire Station about a possible homicide on off of East West Road in Dummerston, Friday
Capt. Ray Keefe speaks to reporters outside of the East Dummerston Fire Station about a possible homicide on off of East West Road in Dummerston, Friday afternoon. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer)
Saturday July 30, 2011

DUMMERSTON -- The Vermont State Police are investigating the possible homicide of a Vermont woman whose body was found Friday morning just off East West Road.

Police said a white female, between the age of 30 and 40, was found roughly a quarter mile from the Dummerston Covered Bridge by a passing motorist who spotted the body shortly after 11 a.m. in a rural area approximately 50 feet from the road.

Emergency responders were dispatched immediately, but crews confirmed the victim was deceased upon arrival. Police told reporters they believe the incident occurred sometime earlier in the day.

"This morning, around 11:30 a.m., the Vermont State Police received a phone call about a possible body in the woods off the East West Road," said Capt.

Vermont State Police investigate the area in Dummerston where a woman’s body was discovered, Friday morning. (Bob Audette/Reformer)
Vermont State Police investigate the area in Dummerston where a woman's body was discovered, Friday morning. (Bob Audette/Reformer)
Ray Keefe with the Vermont State Police.

"We feel confident we know who the victim is," he said, speaking to reporters at the Dummerston fire station, just a few miles from where the incident occurred.

Though he said the police were in "the infant stages" of the investigation, he also said "we are heading in a homicide direction."

Victim information is presently being withheld pending official identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver was also at the fire station but had no comment at this time.

Shortly after detectives responded to East West Road, they were seen interviewing a number of people at the scene.

Keefe was hesitant to release further details, but said they are investigating the untimely death as a possible homicide based on what detectives observed at the scene.

Police will transport the victim's body to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

A portable crime-scene lab arrived at the location later in the afternoon to help in the investigation.

According to the State Police, there is no information suggesting there is an increased risk to the general public as a result of this incident, beyond the fact that the case is considered a suspicious death.

Troopers did not plan to reopen the portion of East West Road that was closed until the crime scene investigators had finished their recovery at the scene. Traffic was rerouted along Day Road and Green Mountain Camp Road.

"We're hoping as it unfolds, we start to get calls from people, and if anyone saw anything suspicious in that area [Friday] morning, we'd appreciate a phone call," Keefe said. The State Police in Brattleboro are available at 802-254-2382.

Chris Garofolo can be reached at cgarofolo@reformer.com or 802-254-2311 ext. 275.