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June 30, 2016

Press Release *UPDATE* - Vermont State Police - Bellows Falls - Death Investigation - 16D101731





PRESS RELEASE – Death Investigation - *UPDATE*


CASE#: 16D101731

TROOPER: Detective Matthew Sweitzer                                                               

STATION:  Royalton Barracks Bureau of Criminal Investigations                  

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933


DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at approximately 1558 hours

LOCATION: Train underpass at the intersection of Arch Bridge and Rockingham Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont


Deceased: Eric Jon Bassett

Age: 41 years old

Address: Homeless in the Bellows Falls area



On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Vermont State Police assisted Bellows Police Department after a body was discovered adjacent to the train tracks under the Arch Bridge in Bellow Falls, Vermont. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.  Foul play is not suspected, however the case remains under investigation. If you have information pertaining to this incident please contact Detective Trooper Matthew Sweitzer at 802-234-9933.


*UPDATE* - The deceased was identified as 41 year old Eric Jon Bassett. Through investigation it was determined that Mr. Bassett was homeless and living adjacent to the train tracks under the Arch Bridge prior to his death. Foul play is not suspected, however the cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.





Detective Trooper Matthew Sweitzer

Vermont State Police – BCI

2011 Vermont Route 107

Bethel, VT 05032

O) 802-234-9933


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