Body of missing Middlebury teenager found in Weybridge

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WEYBRIDGE — A search team from New England K9 Search and Rescue located the body of Rebecca Ball, a 17-year-old who had been missing in Middlebury since March 29.

Her body was found in a wooded area on the west side of Otter Creek north of Beldens Falls on Tuesday.

Ball’s body will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

According to Vermont State Police, the death is not considered suspicious and is being investigated by a detective trooper with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Search efforts had been ongoing since Ball was reported missing.

Personnel from the Middlebury Police Department, Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, New England K9 Search and Rescue, the Vermont State Police Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team and the Vermont State Police Underwater Recovery Team had participated in these efforts.

A Vermont National Guard helicopter had also supported the search efforts.

Anyone with information on Ball’s whereabouts before her death is asked to call the Middlebury Police Department at 802-388-3191 or the Vermont State Police New Haven Barracks at 802-388-4919.

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