BENNINGTON COUNTY, Vt. (NEWS10) — Vermont State Police will form a Major Crime Unit that will investigate a wide variety of crime in the state.
The formation of the unit will come from the re-structuring of existing positions within the Vermont State Police Criminal Division.
The major crimes unit will reopen old, unsolved cold and missing person’s cases across the state, and look into suspicious deaths, homicides, and even officer-involved shootings.
This formation comes after Middlebury Police confirmed they were investigating a possible connection between Robert Durst and the disappearance of Lynne Schulz in 1971.
And one of Vermont’s oldest missing persons cases happened at Bennington College. A student went missing in 1946 and her body has never been found.
The unit will use new advances in technology to solve some of the state’s oldest mysteries.
“As you know across the country, there are cold cases that are solved years later. So it’s a matter of identifying evidence that maybe can be reexamined with technology now like with DNA,” said Major Glenn Hall, the Criminal Division Commander.
Major Hall says there at least 56 unsolved murders and more than 30 missing persons cases in Vermont.
The unit will include a total of five detectives, with Detective Lieutenant Kraig LaPorte, a 26-year veteran of the department supervising them.