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May 16, 2018


Death Investigation – Orleans, VT
Maj. Glenn Hall – Criminal Division Commander
***Update No. 2***
Earlier today, an arrest warrant was issued for Randall Swartz, 58, on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, 54-year-old Thea Swartz, on Tuesday night, May 15, 2018, in Orleans.
Randall Swartz is reported to be stable at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and is expected to survive.
The investigation is ongoing. Vermont State Police ask that anyone with information about the case call the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.
Capt. Dan Trudeau, commander of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, will be available at 2 p.m. today to speak with the media at the Derby Barracks, 35 Crawford Road in Derby.
***Original release***
May 16, 2018, Orleans, VT – On Tuesday night, 5/15/18, at approximately 9:27 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a 911 call from a female who identified herself as Thea Swartz and reported that her husband was pointing a pistol at her and that he was drinking. Troopers responded to the caller's residence, located at 42 Irasburg St. in the town of Orleans, VT.
Upon arrival, troopers could see a male subject lying on the floor inside the residence. After receiving no response, troopers entered the residence and located the male subject, identified as Randall Swartz, age 58, lying on the floor with an apparent wound to his torso. Randall Swartz was alive but unresponsive. Troopers located an adult female, later identified as Thea Swartz, age 54, deceased on the floor in the same room. The exact location and nature of her injuries have not yet been determined. Rescue personnel responded and transported Randall Swartz to North Country Hospital in Newport. He was subsequently transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, for treatment of an apparent gunshot wound.
Detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to investigate this death. The scene has been secured, and the Crime Scene Search Team will be responding this morning to process the scene and collect evidence. The deceased will be transported to the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Burlington for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death. Detectives are working closely with the Orleans County State's Attorney's Office.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.
Major Glenn E. Hall
Criminal Division Commander
Vermont State Police
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
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