Police confirm body belongs to missing Townshend woman
WINHALL — Police have confirmed that Helen Holmes’ body was found in Winhall on Wednesday on a remote logging road.
Family members said they had last seen Holmes, 59, of Townshend, on Sept. 6.
Police searched for Holmes but couldn’t find any clues to explain her disappearance. On Wednesday, a hiker spotted some partial human remains and made a report to the Winhall Police Department.
Winhall officers found the 2010 Subaru Forester registered to Holmes and the body a short distance away. However, a press release from the Vermont State Police written Thursday said police had not been able to officially identify the body.
On Friday, the office of the chief medical examiner for Vermont was able to make an official confirmation that the body found was Holmes.
A handgun was found along with the body but on Friday, a spokeswoman for the Vermont State Police repeated the police did not suspect foul play. The case is still considered pending until an official cause and manner of death is determined by the medical examiner’s office.
“Due to the nature of the case and processing of evidence, the final autopsy report may not be available for some time,” the spokeswoman said.