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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.
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Patricia Hesse disappeared without explanation from her apartment in Rutland, Vermont, on November 9, 1981. There were no reported clues, and the case seemed to grow cold before the search even began. Patricia’s sister conducted her own investigation and believed that she knew who was responsible, but no one has been charged with a crime and Patricia’s disappearance remains unexplained.
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Wilfred King III left his home in Essex, Vermont, on October 24, 1980, and didn’t return. Some of his belongings, including the crutches he needed to walk, were found shortly after, but he was not be located; there was no explanation for his disappearance. In the years following, there were several searches, secret court inquests, tips to Crime Stoppers, and civil court proceedings between his family members, but Wilfred’s case remains unsolved.
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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.
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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 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” →
Lynne Schulze was last seen in Middlebury, Vermont, on December 10, 1971. Lynne was a freshman at Middlebury College, and was wrapping up her first semester. She had an exam in the afternoon, but never arrived, and her friends did not see her again. She was reported missing six days later. Her personal possessions, including her wallet, were left in her dorm room. Continue reading “Missing: Lynne Schulze” →