Medical examiner rules Northfield woman’s death a suicide

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WASHINGTON — The Vermont State Police announced that the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Michele Demar, a 33-year-old Northfield resident, as a suicide.

Demar’s body was discovered on Aug. 3 near the intersection of Vermont Route 110 and Poor Farm Road in Washington.

Following an autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington, officials determined that Demar died by hanging.

While the state police’s investigation into Demar’s death is ongoing, authorities have stated that the incident is not considered suspicious and there is no threat to public safety.

The initial discovery of Demar’s body prompted a news release from the state police at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, requesting public assistance with any information related to the incident.

Individuals with knowledge about the case are encouraged to contact the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111 or submit an anonymous tip online.

The Vermont State Police has assured that additional details will be released as the investigation progresses.

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