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News & Case Updates
Suspect arrested for the 1989 murders of George and Catherine Peacock
On October 13, Vermont State Police arrested 79-year-old Michael Louise for the murder of his in-laws, George and Catherine Peacock, in Danby in September 1989. Blood was found in Louise’s car and preserved for over 30 years. New DNA testing determined the blood belonged to George Peacock, giving authorities the evidence they needed for the arrest.
Continue reading “Monthly Round-Up: October 2022”
Unsolved Vermont began as a graduate school project. The assignment was to create a blog about any topic we cared about and post throughout the semester. I knew immediately that my blog would be about unsolved mysteries. When I started thinking of topics I would write about, I thought of the Lynne Schulze and Middlebury Does cases. I was familiar with both and wanted an excuse to spend more time researching them. I decided the blog would be Vermont-themed, and Unsolved Vermont was born.
Continue reading “Re-Introducing Unsolved Vermont “
On March 1, 1979, Selinda Jean Winegar left her family’s home on Forest Street in Burlington, Vermont. She was planning to visit a friend. When she failed to return home, her parents reported her missing. At the time, investigators believed she ran away from home, but there has never been a confirmed sighting of Selinda and she has not made contact with her family.
Continue reading “Missing: Selinda Winegar”
Russell Bovit disappeared in May 1986. He was last seen at his home on the Last Resort Farm in Walden, Vermont, by two friends on May 6. He was reported missing on May 11 after his car was found abandoned. Police suspected foul play early in the investigation, though there were few reported clues found. Police and private investigators followed leads that they hoped would close the case, but Russell has never been located. Continue reading “Missing: Russell Bovit”
On April 1, 1982, the body of an infant boy was found in Northfield, Vermont. He was the victim of homicide, and had died shortly after birth. Police could not identify the child, who is now known as Baby Boy Doe. Continue reading “Baby Boy Doe”
On Sunday, December 1, 1946, Paula Jean Welden told her roommate she was going for a walk and left her dorm on the Bennington College campus. It was about 2:45 in the afternoon. She was dressed in a red parka, blue jeans and white sneakers. Not long after, a gas station attendant spotted Paula, or someone who resembled her, just outside the college’s gates. Around 3 p.m., a man picked up a hitchhiker who matched Paula’s description on Route 67A. He dropped her off on Route 9 near the entrance to the Long Trail. Several people reportedly saw Paula on or near the trail in the next hour. She never returned to her dorm, and has not been seen or heard from again. Continue reading “Missing: Paula Jean Welden”
On May 15, 1935, a human skull was discovered by two women picking flowers in East Middlebury, Vermont. They alerted the sheriff, and a search of the area uncovered the remains of three people: a woman and two adolescents. All three had been shot in the head; a .38-caliber bullet was found near the remains. The bodies may have been wrapped in a blanket and a striped awning that were found nearby. The three victims had been killed anywhere from a year to five years before they were discovered. Continue reading “The East Middlebury Does”
I created Unsolved Vermont to highlight unsolved crimes, unexplained disappearances and unidentified persons cases throughout the Green Mountain State. The goal of this blog is not to solve or investigate these cases, but to create a collection of Vermont’s unsolved cases and bring attention to them, particularly those that are not well-known. I’m not a law enforcement officer or professional investigator—just a writer interested in unsolved cases.
The information published here will come from news articles, online media like podcasts or blogs, NamUs, the Vermont State Police website, local law enforcement agencies, and other internet resources. Each post will include links to any sources used and where to find additional information about a case. Posts may be edited or changed over time if I find additional sources or if new information becomes available.
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