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July 13, 2017

UPDATE: Vermont State Police - Death Investigation - Middlesex

7/13/2017 UPDATE:


Vermont State Police detectives continue to investigate the suspicious death of a female who was discovered in a wooded area down an embankment off the Brook Road in Middlesex yesterday evening.  An autopsy was conducted this morning at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington.  Preliminary autopsy results indicate that the manner of death is homicide and cause of death is pending at this time. 


Detectives have been able to positively identify the deceased through preliminary investigation in coordination with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  The deceased is identified as Cindy Cook, age 59 of Barre, VT.  Next of kin have been notified.


This homicide investigation is being led by the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit along with detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office and with assistance from local law enforcement, specifically the Barre City Police Department.  Preliminary investigation indicates the last know contact with the victim was on July 3rd when a family member spoke with her by phone.  Anyone who had contact with Cindy Cook on or after July 3rd is asked to please contact State Police detectives.  Investigation has further revealed that Cindy Cook’s vehicle is unaccounted for.  The vehicle is described as a 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman station wagon, cream colored, with a black top and black stripes on the hood, bearing VT registration GBH823. 


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-229-9191. 


No other information is available at this time. 








Major Glenn Hall – Criminal Division Commander


July, 13th, 2017, Middlesex, VT -  On Wednesday evening 07/12/17, at approximately 6:00 pm Vermont State Police received a call from a resident of Brook Road in the town of Middlesex, Washington County.  The resident reported the discovery of a body located down an embankment off the east side of Brook Road.  Vermont State Troopers from the Middlesex barracks responded to the scene and confirmed a deceased adult female located down an embankment off of Brook Road in a secluded area. 


Vermont State Police Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Major Crime Unit responded to investigate.  The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team was activated and responded to process the scene.  This investigation is in its early stages and this death is considered suspicious.  Detectives are working to identify the deceased female and determine the circumstances surrounding her death. 


State Police detectives are working closely with the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.   The deceased was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington early this morning for autopsy; in order to determine cause and manner of death. 


Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the deceased or regarding suspicious activity in the area of Brook Road in Middlesex is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-229-9191.


No other information is available at this time.  Additional details will be released when available. 




Scott Waterman

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer

802-241-5277 desk

802-279-4554 cell