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Two found dead with carbon monoxide poisoning in Vershire

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/6/2021 1:17:19 PM
Modified: 4/6/2021 6:42:29 PM

VERSHIRE — Vermont State Police are investigating after two people were found dead in an SUV over the weekend with accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a news release from police.

The deaths of Vershire resident Cody Coburn, 28, and Sharon resident Joelle Ryder, 36, do not appear to be suspicious, according to the release.

Police went to a home on Parker Road in Vershire around noon on Saturday after a family member called police to say two people appeared to be dead inside an SUV parked in the driveway, according to the release. Coburn and Ryder were found dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies.

Preliminary information from the Medical Examiner’s Office “indicated accidental carbon monoxide poisoning appeared to play a role in the victims’ deaths,” police wrote.

Police are investigating the deaths and are waiting for the results of toxicology reports, which they said could take several weeks.

Ryder’s friend and former co-worker, Jennifer MacIver, said they met a few years ago when Ryder was living in Florida and was hired to work at MacIver’s job, a pizza restaurant in Daytona Beach.

“She was amazing to work with. She was one of the hardest workers I ever met,” MacIver said in a message Tuesday. She said the two grew closer as Ryder turned to her for help following a failed relationship. Ryder moved back to Vermont with a plan to eventually relocate to Florida, MacIver said.

“She never stayed in one place too long,” MacIver said. “I don’t think she was able to really settle because she wanted to live life and do whatever she could to just be happy and keep moving and to help others.”

The last time MacIver heard from Ryder she said her friend — ever the animal lover — had recently started taking care of a few puppies and excitedly sent her pictures.

“No matter how hard life got she always thought of the positive and it just made her so much stronger every time,” she added.

Anyone with information relevant to the case was asked to call Trooper Christopher Pilner at 802-748-3111 or submit an anonymous tip on the state police website.

Anna Merriman can be reached at or 603-727-3216.

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