Public responds vigorously to sketch in ongoing homicide investigation

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CASTLETON –– Over 150 tips have streamed into the Vermont State Police (VSP) following the release of a composite sketch pertaining to the ongoing investigation into the killing of 77-year-old Honoree Fleming in Castleton, reflecting a fervent public response.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, at 3:45 p.m., VSP distributed a sketch of a person of interest related to the grim discovery of Dr. Fleming’s body on Oct. 5 on the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail.

The individual was spotted close to the location shortly before passers-by encountered the crime scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The witnesses’ descriptions depict a white male in his 20s, with short red hair, roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall, last seen wearing a dark gray T-shirt and bearing a black backpack.

Detective Sgt. Adam Temple, a police sketch artist from Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office in Bath, Maine, meticulously developed the sketch in cooperation with witnesses, incorporating their feedback through multiple revisions.

Gratitude has been extended by VSP to Sgt. Temple and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office for their crucial contribution to this investigation.

While detectives continue to sift through potential evidence, with forensic assistance from the Vermont Forensic Laboratory, and uniformed troopers maintain a reassuring presence in the vicinity of Castleton and Vermont State University Castleton Campus, the VSP actively encourages the public to stay involved.

The police have embarked on pursuing leads and conducting follow-up investigations while expressing appreciation to all who have forwarded information relating to this homicide and the identity of the individual portrayed in the sketch.

This case remains open and active with no arrests made thus far.

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