Two detained in connection with St. Johnsbury suspicious death investigation

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Vermont State Police and St. Johnsbury Police Department continue to investigate a suspicious death reported Tuesday evening.

The investigation began at approximately 5:55 p.m. Tuesday after a passerby reported a vehicle with apparent bullet holes in a parking lot at 510 Portland St., St. Johnsbury. Officers found an adult female deceased inside the vehicle.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and canvassed the area Wednesday, seeking video evidence. The Crime Scene Search Team processed the scene, and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted with a canine unit.

The victim, whose name is withheld pending an autopsy Thursday at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington, has been tentatively identified by the Vermont State Police.

Two individuals have been detained on unrelated, out-of-state warrants in connection with the investigation.

Authorities encourage anyone with information, especially surveillance video from the late afternoon and early evening of Jan. 23, to contact the Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111. Anonymous tips can be submitted at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

The investigation, led by the Vermont State Police’s Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Field Force Division, and Victim Services Unit, indicates this was an isolated event. There is no identified threat to the community.

The state police will provide updates as the investigation progresses. Media members are invited for a briefing with Detective Lt. Eric Albright at the state police barracks in St. Johnsbury at 4 p.m.

No further details are currently available.

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