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Police identify remains as missing Springfield, Vt., man

  • Joshua A. Webster (Courtesy Vermont State Police)

Staff report
Published: 6/6/2020 7:19:41 PM
Modified: 6/6/2020 10:30:21 PM

CHESTER, Vt. — The person whose remains were discovered Thursday in Chester has been identified as a Springfield, Vt., man who went missing in March, according to police.

Joshua A. Webster, 39, who owned a home in Hartford, was identified following an autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington on Saturday, Vermont State Police said in a news release.

Webster’s cause and manner of death will be determined pending the results of toxicology report, police said. No additional information was released.

Police previously said the “badly decomposed body” was discovered near Wymans Falls Road in Chester, north of the downtown area.

Webster was last seen walking from a home on Regina Lane in Chester, about 2 miles south of Wymans Falls Road, on March 7, and he was reported missing by a family member who called Hartford police on March 15. Police later searched a home Webster owns on Quechee West Hartford Road in Hartford.

Vermont State Police are asking anyone with information to call the Westminster barracks at 802-722-4600.

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