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November 7, 2019

Update No. 3: Westminster Barracks / homicide investigation

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B106338

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Capt. Scott Dunlap                          

STATION: Westminster Barracks / Major Crime Unit

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 11/1/19 at about 5:45 p.m.

INCIDENT LOCATION: Rockingham Road (Vermont Route 103) between Lower Bartonsville and Williams roads, Rockingham, Vermont

INCIDENT TYPE: Homicide

 

VICTIM: Roberto Fonseca-Rivera

AGE: 44

CITY, STATE: Boston, Massachusetts

 

ACCUSED: Under investigation

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, the Vermont State Police will conduct a detail to contact motorists at the site of the homicide on Vermont Route 103 in Rockingham. Detectives and troopers will be present from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to talk with motorists about the incident, hand out flyers and attempt to identify potential witnesses to the case. The detail is coinciding with the time and day of the week the incident occurred in hopes of identifying any drivers who make regular trips through the area.

 

Anyone with information about the truck or who may have any tips to pass along about the case is asked to call the Vermont State Police barracks in Westminster at 802-722-4600. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

 

For members of the media, an investigator will be available to discuss the case and Friday’s detail at the Westminster barracks at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

 

 

***Update No. 2, 12:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2019***

The Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office completed the autopsy Sunday on the victim, Roberto Fonseca-Rivera. The cause of death is gunshot wound of the head and neck, and the manner of death is homicide.

 

The investigation remains ongoing and active. State police continue to ask that anyone who saw the delivery truck or has any information about this case call the Westminster barracks at 802-722-4600. In addition, investigators ask that any businesses, residences or vehicles that may have video showing Vermont Route 103 from Rutland at about 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, to Interstate 91 in Rockingham at about 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, also call the Westminster barracks.

 

No other information is available at this time. 

 

 

***Update No. 1, 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019***

Investigation is continuing Saturday, Nov. 2. into the suspicious death of a man in Rockingham. The victim is identified as Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, of Boston, Massachusetts, who appears to have died as the result of gunshot wounds. An autopsy is planned for Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of Mr. Fonseca-Rivera’s death.

 

The victim was employed by Katsiroubas Produce of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and was in Vermont in a company vehicle making deliveries. His last known location was at about 12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, leaving Rutland and heading southbound on Vermont Route 103. Investigators believe the shooting occurred between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Vermont Route 103 near the location where the victim’s body was discovered Friday evening in his vehicle. Preliminary investigation indicates this was an isolated incident. Katsiroubas Produce is cooperating with the Vermont State Police in the ongoing investigation.

 

The Vermont State Police would like to speak to anyone who saw the Katsiroubas Produce truck on Vermont Route 103 on Friday afternoon, including anyone who may have observed anything suspicious with the truck or with any other vehicles operating near the truck. A photograph of the truck is attached to this release. People with any potential information are asked to call the state police barracks in Westminster at 802-722-4600.

 

Further updates will be provided when additional information is available.

 

 

***Initial news release, 10:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2019***

The Vermont State Police is investigating an untimely death in the town of Rockingham.

 

Police responded at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, to a call for a welfare check on the male driver of a box truck on Rockingham Road, also known as Vermont Route 103, in the town of Rockingham. Responding troopers located the truck pulled over to the side of the southbound lane between Lower Bartonsville and Williams roads. The operator was found deceased. Initial investigation indicates the circumstances surrounding the death are suspicious.

 

The Vermont State Police response to the scene includes members of the Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team, and Field Force Division. The southbound lane of Vermont 103 will remain closed as the investigation continues. Drivers are urged to use caution and take alternate routes if possible.

 

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

 

No further details are available at this time. Updates will be issued when new information is available.

 

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