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May 17, 2018

Updated Press Release/ Fatal Fire St. Johnsbury Barracks

VSP Press Release-Incident

***Updated Press Release***

The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation continues with the
investigation of this fatal fire. The positive identification of the victim in
this fire has still not been confirmed due to the extent of the injuries
sustained in this fire. DNA analysis will be required at this point to ensure
positive identification.

The 2005 Dodge Caravan was located at 184 Pearl Street in St, Johnsbury, VT. 
The vehicle appears to have been parked at this location by an unidentified
individual(s) during the overnight hours of Wednesday May 16, 2018. The vehicle
was discovered at the above location during the early morning hours of Thursday,
May 17. Anyone that may have been in this area or may have seen the vehicle are
asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-748-3111.

The cause of the fire is still classified as "Undetermined".

As more information becomes available an updated press release will be sent. 






Case # 18A402500

INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse-VSP, Detective Sergeant Todd
Ambroz-VSP, Assistant State Fire Marshal Paul Cerruti - Division of Fire Safety
Assistant State Fire Marshal Tim Angell- Division of Fire Safety, Detective
Sergeant Steven Otis-VSP, Detective Sergeant Matt Hill-VSP

STATION: St. Johnsbury
CONTACT# 802-748-3111

DATE/TIME: 05/15/18 @ 2226 hrs
INCIDENT LOCATION: 319 Crepeault Hill Rd, St. Johnsbury, VT
INCIDENT: Structure Fire - Fatality

VICTIM: Timothy Persons(Homeowner)
AGE: 52


On 05/15/18, at approximately 2226 hours, the St. Johnsbury Fire Department
responded to a report of a structure fire at 319 Crepeault Hill Rd in St.
Johnsbury. This structure is a single family structure belonging to Timothy

Upon arrival the fire department encountered the residence fully engulfed with
fire and beginning to collapse. The fire was extinguished, however, the
residence was completely destroyed by the fire.

After his initial assessment of the scene, St. Johnsbury Fire Chief Troy Ruggles
contacted the State of Vermont- Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation
Unit to assist with an Origin and Cause investigation. Detectives from the
Vermont State Police and Assistant Fire Marshalls from the Vermont Division of
Fire Safety responded to the scene in the early morning hours of 05/16/18 to
initiate an Origin/Cause investigation. The cause of the fire remains under
investigation, but is currently classified as "undetermined".

During the course of the investigation badly burned human remains were located,
however, the identity of the victim has not been determined. Efforts continue to
identify the victim.

Persons'vehicle has not been located. The vehicle is described as a green 2005
Dodge Caravan, bearing VT registration GLP263.

Anyone that may have been in the area at the time of the fire or with
information on the whereabouts of Persons or his vehicle is asked to contact
Detective Sergeant Mark Potter or Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse at

Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse
Fire Investigation Unit
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT
802-334-8881  (***Please note my email address has changed***)