Poultney man arrested in adoptive mother's murder
East Poultney - An East Poultney man was been arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the death of his adoptive mother, Gertrudes Alwardt, 79, this afternoon. Roderick Geronimo, 49, is being held on $1 million bail at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility and is due in court Tuesday to answer to the charges against him.
State Police received a 9-1-1 call just after noon Monday about an unresponsive woman in a house on On the Green Road in East Poultney. The woman, Alwardt, was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where she died.
Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to both the residence and the hospital. Through the course of the investigation, detectives spoke with Geronimo, Alwardt’s adoptive son. Detectives were able to determine through the investigation that Geronimo used physical violence to kill Ms. Alwardt.
Detectives are being assisted by members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team.
The decedent will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed. At this time, the official cause and manner of Ms. Alwardt’s death are pending the completion of the autopsy.
No other information is available at this time, as this continues to be an active investigation.
The Rutland Herald will update this story as more information becomes available.