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Police identify remains found in Bethel

Staff report
Published: 7/19/2021 9:49:21 PM
Modified: 7/19/2021 9:49:25 PM

BETHEL — Authorities have identified the remains found last week in a tent in Bethel as 35-year-old resident James P. Lumbra, according to a news release from Vermont State Police.

Police are investigating how Lumbra died but said they don’t believe it’s suspicious. They are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, the release said.

Troopers were called to Findley Bridge Road around 6:15 p.m. Thursday after a caller said a body was in a tent on a property there. Police arrived to find the decomposed human remains, later identified as Lumbra, in the tent. Police said Lumbra lived at the property, but did not disclose the exact address in the news release.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Vermont State Police’s Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933 or submit an anonymous tip at

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