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February 16, 2017

Press Release - Death Investigation - Norton - 02/15/17

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CASE#: 17A500672

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Sergeant David Petersen                      

STATION: VSP-St. Johnsbury                     

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111


DATE/TIME: Approximately 1530 hours on 02/15/17

LOCATION: VAST Trail 105, approximately 1 mile west of the crossing at VT Route 114 in Norton

VIOLATION: Death Investigation


VICTIM: Andrew Boright

AGE: 54





On 02/15/17, at approximately 1615 hours, VSP received notification of the untimely death of a snowmobiler on VAST Trail 105 in Norton.


Agents from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were flagged down and alerted to an unresponsive subject found on his snowmobile on the VAST Trail approximately a mile west of the crossing along VT Route 114 in Norton. Lyndon Rescue Squad also responded. The decedent was identified as Andrew Boright, age 54, of Piermont, NH.


It was discovered that Mr. Boright was riding with a group in the Norton area. During the ride, some of the snowmobiles got stuck. In the process of getting the sleds unstuck, Mr. Boright suggested he was not feeling well. The group continued on its ride, however it was noticed that Mr. Boright had dropped back and was no longer with the group. They backtracked and found another group of snowmobilers performing CPR on Mr. Boright.


Mr. Boright was found by an off-duty Orleans County Sheriff Deputy slumped over the handlebars of his snowmobile. Mr. Boright's snowmobile was still on the

trail and did not appear to have been involved in an accident. CPR was commenced based upon Mr. Boright's condition. Other snowmobilers stopped and assisted in rendering aid.


Agents from CBP, upon being alerted, brought additional medical equipment along with extrication gear to the site and continued emergency medical treatment of Mr. Boright. Mr. Boright was transported out to VT Route 114, where staff from Lyndon Rescue were staged. Mr. Boright was pronounced deceased at the scene.


A death investigation was commenced by the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed. At the present time, indications are that the death of Mr. Boright is not attributable to either a snowmobile accident or other suspicious circumstances.