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Vermont State Police searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in ‘suspicious death’ of woman on trail

Authorities in Vermont are searching for an “armed and dangerous” suspect in connection with the “suspicious death” of a woman on a popular trail on Thursday.

Vermont State Police responded to the Rail Trail near 1587 South St. in Castleton at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call reporting a dead woman in the area. Upon arrival, troopers located the woman and pronounced her dead at the scene.

The agency said a witness reported hearing gunshots before noticing a possible suspect walking northbound on the trail toward the campus of Vermont State University Castleton, formerly Castleton University. 

The witness described the person as a White male with short, dark hair, standing at approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall. The man was reportedly wearing a dark gray T-shirt and carrying a black backpack.

Castleton is a small town with a population of just under 4,500, according to the 2020 Census, and is located approximately seven miles east of the Vermont-New York border.

The Rail Trail, officially known as the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail, is a 19.8 mile recreational trail open to pedestrians and bicyclists, and depending on the season, horseback riders, snowshoers, skiers and snowmobiles, according to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation website.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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