Vermont State Police Log: Woman missing, foul play suspected
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police continue to investigate a report that 25-year-old Denise Hart is missing, and they suspect foul play. Hart, a Hartford, Conn., resident who is known to use the names Tiffany and Chookie, was last seen leaving a friend’s home in Sudbury on the evening of Jan. 25, and was reported missing on Jan. 31.
Since then, VSP reported, a team of detectives has been continuously investigating the circumstances of her disappearance. Recently they reported that they had determined Hart had been driving a 2001 silver Pontiac Grand AM that she had borrowed from an acquaintance. Police said the Pontiac was consumed in a fire during the early morning hours of Jan. 26 at the Cornwall covered bridge fishing access, located on Swamp Road in Cornwall. State police and the Cornwall Fire Department responded to find the vehicle fully engulfed.
Detectives have conducted numerous interviews with individuals who may have had contact with Hart in the weeks and months leading up to her disappearance. On Feb. 11 a property in Sudbury was searched by the VSP Crime Scene Search Team, the Search and Rescue Team, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife — with air support provided by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Based on the investigation to this point there is a strong indication of foul play, according to Maj. Glenn Hall, VSP Criminal Division commander. Detectives continue to follow up on active leads and strongly encourage anyone with information to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101. Specifically, police seek information from anyone traveling in the area of Swamp Road in Cornwall during the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 26, between midnight and 2 a.m.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police troopers:
• On Feb. 5 responded to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center in Rutland and arrested Trevor Burton, 33, of Weybridge, and cited him for possession of a control substance/narcotic. Police report that inmate Burton was transported from the Northwest State Correctional Facility to Rutland. During admission to Marble Valley, Burton was searched and found in possession of a Suboxone strip in his pocket.
• On Feb. 9 at approximately 2:25 p.m. responded to Middlebury for a report of a runaway juvenile who had jumped out of a moving vehicle. Troopers located the 17-year-old on Court Street, spoke with her and decided to take her into protective custody for safety concerns. Police said she refused, quickly became uncooperative and actively resisted troopers’ orders. After a short struggle, the young woman was placed into handcuffs and transported to the New Haven barracks to be cited for disorderly conduct. She was lodged at the Woodside Juvenile Detention Center.
• On Feb. 11 at approximately 12:54 a.m. cited Krystal LaRouche, 28, of Brandon for driving with a criminally suspended license on Route 4 in Mendon.
• On Feb. 11 at around 8 p.m. arrested Duane Bedell, 49, of Starksboro, cited him for violation of conditions of release and violation of a final relief from abuse order and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility.
• On Feb. 12 at 1:26 a.m. responded to a vehicle off the road on Route 116 in Starksboro and ended up citing Matthew J. Lord, 41, of Winooski for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said his blood alcohol content tested at roadside was 0.085 percent.
• On Feb. 12 at 4:15 p.m., during a heavy snowfall, helped a driver whose Toyota van slipped off Hamilton Road in Weybridge, bounced off a tree and slid downhill out of control, coming to an uncontrolled rest in a snowbank.
• On Feb. 13 at around 5:30 p.m. cited Kenneth Willard, 67, of Leicester, for careless and negligent driving on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
• On Feb. 14 and 15 state police dealt with a number of traffic mishaps attributed to the snow, ice and extreme cold. At 7:20 p.m. on the 14th police responded to an overturned tractor-trailer on Route 22A near North Cream Hill Road in Bridport. Police said that Brian Hartung, 46, of Pensacola, Fla., was driving too fast for the conditions on the snow-covered road. No one was injured.
At approximately 7:19 a.m. on the 15th troopers responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on River Road in New Haven. At the time of the crash there was extreme wind blowing snow across the roadway and causing white-out conditions. As a result of the low visibility, police said, a 2014 Kenworth milk truck driven by 62-year-old Dwight Munger of Fair Haven rear-ended a 2014 Subaru Impreza driven by 25-year-old Alice Lin of Bristol. No injuries were sustained.
At around 10:20 a.m. police assisted a motorist from Rego Park, N.Y., who had lost control of her Nissan Sentra on a snowy Route 22A in Orwell and collided with a tree. No injuries were reported.
Then at around 11:35 a.m., state police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 in Pittsford in which a Brandon man lost control of the Toyota Tacoma he was driving, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Chrysler 200. Both drivers and a passenger in the Chrysler were transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were judged to be totaled and removed by local tow services.
• On Feb. 16 at 12:36 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on Panton Road in Panton in which a 2001 Volvo and a 2013 Dodge Ram collided. The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at 802-388-4919 or by submitting an anonymous tip at www.vtips.info.
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