Police searching for missing school bus driver from Sharon

  • Randy Koloski (Hartford Police photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/3/2021 7:05:09 PM
Modified: 11/4/2021 7:38:39 AM

SHARON — Police are looking for an Upper Valley school bus driver from Sharon after he failed to show up for work on Monday.

Randy Koloski, 68, was last seen on Sunday at his home on Farm Field Road off Route 14 in Sharon, according to Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brad Vail, who said a joint search with Vermont State Police is now underway using K-9 teams and aerial drones.

“At this point he’s … a missing person and we don’t have any information to the contrary,” Vail said Wednesday. “The most important thing is for Mr. Koloski to be found safe and sound. It’s an important thing if anybody has any information or may have seen something to contact us.”

Koloski is employed by Student Transportation of Vermont, a school bus operator that serves Hanover and Norwich schools, the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union and the Lyme School District in the Upper Valley, and Koloski drives for those districts.

Initially, Hartford police thought that Koloski’s last known whereabouts were on Saturday night, when video cameras installed on the bus recorded him at his employer’s bus depot on Route 14 in Hartford, Vail said.

“Now there may be some additional information that he was last seen at his residence on Sunday afternoon,” Vail said.

Adding to the mystery is that Koloski’s phone and checkbook were found inside his personal vehicle, which was parked at the bus depot, according to Sgt. Scott Moody with the Hartford police. The car was unlocked.

Tim Koloski, the missing man’s brother, said Wednesday that his brother is “in good health” and described his disappearance as “out of character.”

“From what I heard, he has been very reliable and meticulous about being on time” for work, said Tim Koloski, adding that he didn’t want to say more while so much is unknown.

An official at the Student Transportation of Vermont facility in Hartford declined to comment.

A neighbor of Randy Koloski’s who lives across the lane from him said on Wednesday she had seen Koloski talking from his doorstep to another man between noon and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Debra Ackley, who has lived across the lane from Koloski for 20 years, said when she heard voices talking at her neighbor’s, she went outside to take a look because “I just figured not many people go to Randy’s house. Few and far between.”

Ackley said she figured Koloski was talking with someone he worked with because she heard Koloski say “see you tomorrow” before the man got into a “small pickup truck” and drove away.

Ackley said she was interviewed by police, who had to break into his locked home on Monday when they went to look for Koloski, who lives by himself.

She described her neighbor as “very quiet. I always said the most noise Randy’s makes is when he’s mowing the lawn.”

“I sure hope they find him,” Ackley said.

Contact John Lippman at jlippman@vnews.com.


Student Transportation of Vermont provides school bus services for Hanover and Norwich schools, the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union and the Lyme School District. An earlier version of this story incorrectly described who it serves in the Upper Valley.

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