Vermont game wardens find body in Connecticut River

May 11 2022, 4:41 PM

Two Vermont game wardens found a body in the Connecticut River Tuesday believed to be a missing St. Johnsbury resident, according to a Vermont State Police press release.

Authorities had been searching for Richard C. Gammell Sr. since late February. 

The recovery effort involved members of the Vermont State Police, including a scuba team, and a U.S. Customs & Border Protection helicopter.

Gammell, a St. Johnsbury resident, went missing on Feb. 27, and state police began their search the following day, according to the release. Police say they focused on the Connecticut River after finding Gammell’s vehicle nearby. 

“Tracks in the snow indicate Mr. Gammell may have walked from his vehicle to the Passumpsic River and entered an area of open water,” the press release states.

The body will be transported to the chief medical examiner's office in Burlington for an autopsy to confirm its identity and determine the cause of death. 

Vermont State Police say they will release more information when the autopsy is complete.

— Talia Heisey

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