Police: Body found at Casella believed to be that of White River Junction woman

  • Police walk through the parking lot of the Casella recycling processing center in White River Junction, Vt., where a woman’s body was found on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Police believe the woman was from White River Junction, but have not identified her publicly as they are awaiting confirmation from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and notification of next of kin. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News / Report For America — Alex Driehaus

Published: 1/18/2023 10:29:19 AM
Modified: 1/19/2023 1:11:07 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Authorities believe the woman whose body workers found at a Casella Waste Systems recycling processing center on Tuesday was from White River Junction, according to Hartford’s acting police chief.

Workers found the woman’s body at about 9:20 Tuesday morning. The facility is located off East Woodstock Road, also known as Route 4.

“It appears that she was transported by a truck that had been unloading dumpsters,” acting Chief Connie Kelley said in a Wednesday morning phone interview.

Kelley said the truck was delivering dumpsters from White River Junction.

While Hartford police have a “tentative identification” of the woman, who appears to have been in her late 20s or early 30s, authorities must wait for confirmation from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and notification of the next of kin, she said.

Police do not yet know the cause of death but have said it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no risk to the community.

“Obviously we treat everything worst-case scenario until we know otherwise,” she said.

The Hartford Police Department’s social worker was on scene on Tuesday to offer support to the workers who found the woman’s body, Kelley said.

The investigation is ongoing in collaboration with the Vermont State Police. Anyone who might have information about the incident is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.

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