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March 8, 2017













Major Glenn Hall – Criminal Division Commander


March 8, 2017 - Arlington, VT –  Today, the Vermont State Police announced the arrest of Timothy Butler, age 31 of Sunderland, VT for the murder of Helen Jones, age 81, of Arlington.  Her body was discovered on the night of January 4th, 2017 at her home located at 440 Buck Hill Road in Arlington, VT.   A subsequent autopsy showed that she died from multiple stab wounds.  After an intensive investigation, Butler was arrested at approximately 3 p.m. today (3/8/2017) by Vermont State Troopers while in a vehicle at the Arlington Recreation Park on Route 7A in Arlington.  Butler was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Shaftsbury State Police barracks for processing. 


Timothy Butler was subsequently lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility and is being held without bail.  Butler is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, March 9th at 2:00 pm at Bennington County Superior Court Criminal Division on charges of First Degree Murder and Burglary.  A press conference will be held at the courthouse immediately following arraignment


This investigation, led by the Major Crime Unit is ongoing as detectives continue to conduct interviews and gather evidence in this case.  Following the arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at Butler’s residence located on North Road in Sunderland, VT. 


Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas D. Anderson praised the work of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation detectives and the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s office.  “This case was solved because of the dedicated focus and tireless efforts of State Police detectives, troopers, Erica Marthage and the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s office” said Anderson.  “The Major Crime Unit was formed two years ago so that highly trained detectives are able to quickly and singularly focus on the most serious and horrific crimes committed in Vermont.  The arrest in this case clearly shows the value of the Major Crime Unit in apprehending and bringing to justice those who prey on the most vulnerable Vermonters,” commented Anderson.


No other information is available at this time.  Mugshot is attached.






Updated Press Release


Homicide Investigation – Arlington, VT


January 6, 2017


Major Glenn Hall – Criminal Division Commander


Arlington, VT – Vermont State Police detectives continue to investigate the homicide of Helen Jones that occurred at 440 Buck Hill Road in Arlington, VT.  Crime scene investigators worked last night and throughout today processing the scene and gathering evidence.  At the same time, detectives continue to conduct interviews and follow up on leads as they develop.  Today, the autopsy was conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington.  Preliminary autopsy results have indicated the cause of death is stab wounds of the torso and that manner of death is homicide. 


Investigation thus far has revealed evidence of a forced entry into the residence of Helen Jones.  Physical evidence collected at the scene will be delivered to the Vermont Forensic Laboratory for examination and analysis.  Detectives are aware of several other burglaries that have occurred in the area within the past week; and are exploring the possibility of any connection to this crime.


The Vermont State Police would like to emphasize that anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Major Crime Unit detectives at the Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-5421; or submit an anonymous tip at  We encourage all residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.  In addition to reporting suspicious activity, residents should report any break-ins or vandalism to their property.  Detectives will continue to investigate throughout the weekend and updated information will be released when it becomes available. 



January 5, 2017


Major Glenn Hall – Criminal Division Commander


Arlington, VT – On Wednesday night, January 4th at approximately 10:27 pm the Vermont State Police received a 911 call reporting a deceased elderly female inside a residence located at 440 Buck Hill Road in Arlington, VT.  The caller was identified as the victim’s neighbor who had just been alerted by a friend of the victim.  The friend of the victim reportedly went to check on the victim at the request of an out of state family member and discovered the victim deceased.  A Bennington County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area and responded to the residence.  The Sheriff’s Deputy confirmed the victim was deceased and notified the Vermont State Police to conduct a death investigation. 


Upon initial response, a State Police detective observed evidence of a suspected homicide.  The scene was secured and the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit responded to lead this investigation.  Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Crime Scene Search Team responded to assist.  The deceased has been preliminarily  identified as the sole resident at this address, Helen Jones, age 81.  Next of kin have been notified. 


This investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing.  Once the crime scene is processed, the deceased will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, VT for autopsy in order to determine cause and manner of death.  Investigators are working closely with the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office. 


Vermont State Police investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who has information regarding suspicious activity in the area of Buck Hill Road in Arlington during this past week or anyone who has had contact with the victim or her associates.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. 


Additional information will be released when available.