Police release sketch of person of interest in Castleton killing

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CASTLETON — The Vermont State Police is releasing an artist’s sketch of a person of interest in the Oct. 5 killing of Honoree Fleming in Castleton.

The sketch depicts an individual who was seen on the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

The sighting occurred just prior and close to the location where passers-by discovered the body of Dr. Flemming, 77, on the rail trail.

Witnesses have described the person of interest as a white man in his 20s with short red hair, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and last seen wearing a dark gray T-shirt and carrying a black backpack.

The sketch of the subject was prepared by composite police sketch artist Detective Sgt. Adam Temple of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office in Bath, Maine.

Detective Sgt. Temple traveled to Vermont earlier this week to meet with witnesses who reported seeing the subject on the rail trail.

Sgt. Temple interviewed the witnesses, obtained their descriptions of the person of interest, and then spent multiple hours creating the sketch, reviewing it with the witnesses and making revisions based on their feedback.

In addition to releasing the sketch to the public, detectives with the Vermont State Police continue to review potential evidence in the case, including forensic evidence with the assistance of the Vermont Forensic Laboratory at the Department of Public Safety in Waterbury.

The Victim Services Unit is working closely with Dr. Fleming’s family.

In addition, uniformed troopers from the Field Force Division will maintain a presence in and around Castleton and the Vermont State University Castleton Campus as part of normal shift coverage.

Troopers also are in regular communication with local law-enforcement partners including the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office and the Castleton Police Department to ensure the availability of public-safety resources throughout this ongoing investigation.

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