Police seek public’s assistance in Wheelock death investigation

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WHEELOCK — The Vermont State Police (VSP) continues its probe into the suspicious death that took place on Monday, Oct. 16, at a residence on Vermont Route 16 in Wheelock.

Detectives from the Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations have since been in contact with potential witnesses and residents in the vicinity of the incident in this rural location.

In an appeal to the public, VSP has asked anyone with video footage, inclusive of security and game cameras focusing on Route 16 and nearby roads, to reach out to the authorities.

Detectives are especially keen on acquiring footage from the early hours of Monday but also expressed interest in video material from the preceding days.

On the scene, the Crime Scene Search Team remains diligently processing the incident area. As a result, a segment of Route 16 is set to remain off-limits for several more hours, urging drivers to seek alternative routes. Once the on-site procedures conclude, plans are in place to transport the victim’s remains to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office located in Burlington.

An autopsy is slated for Tuesday. Subsequent to the autopsy, VSP projects the release of details pertaining to the victim’s identity alongside the cause and circumstances of the death.

Meanwhile, VSP has ruled out links between the Wheelock incident and investigations into earlier October deaths in Newport Town and Castleton, both of which are still active inquiries.

The Vermont State Police urges anyone with potentially useful information to get in touch with the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-773-9101.

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