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Vermont State Police in southern Vermont have identified the body of man who was apparently murdered in Massachusetts and dumped in Vermont. Late Saturday police identified the victim as George R. Roy, 64, of Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Police say the body was discovered near mile marker 53 on Interstate 91 in Weathersfield late Friday. "Bodies just don't usually end up on the side of the interstate for any unexplained reason," Cpt. Ed Ledo told Channel 3 at the scene.
Police say two highway construction workers found the body in the tall grass, twelve to fourteen feet off the east side of the highway -- that is, the north bound lanes. The stretch of road is a construction zone. Police worked at the scene overnight. They say investigators believe that Roy was the victim of a violent crime in Massachusetts and that he was dead before his body was brought to Vermont and dumped by the side of the road.
Vermont police have not released a cause or manner of death, citing the ongoing investigation by Massachusetts authorities. Police are still looking for information from anyone who may have been in the Weathersfield area between Sept. 2 and 5, especially anyone who may have been at the nearby Running Bear campground.

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WEATHERSFIELD — Construction workers found the body of a missing Massachusetts man on the side of Interstate 91, Vermont State Police said Saturday.

Police released few details Saturday, but would say that George R. Roy, 64, of Chicopee, Mass., was reported missing Friday and discovered that afternoon by a road crew in the grass directly behind the Running Bear Camping Area.

"Two of the workers had discovered an object lying on the side of the road and pointed it out to the Sheriff's Deputy who was following the crew," Capt. Ed Ledo said during a press conference at the Rockingham State Police Barracks.

Ledo said Roy was reported missing after not showing up for work, that police in Massachusetts found signs of a violent crime at his home and that the autopsy, performed Saturday morning at the Vermont medical examiner's office, found that Roy was victim of a homicide.

Ledo would not disclose the cause of death or the nature of the "violent crime" at Roy's home, but did say that Roy appeared to have been killed before getting to Weathersfield, and that the time of death could have been as early as a week ago.

"It appears Vermont was a dump site," he said.

Ledo also said that Roy's body was identified by fingerprints.

Ledo referred all other questions to the Hampden County District Attorney's office in Springfield, Mass., which was closed Saturday afternoon.

Detectives from the Massachusetts State Police and the Chicopee Police Department were in Vermont as part of the investigation, Ledo said, and Vermont police are playing a supporting role, turning over evidence from the crime scene.

"We will do anything we can that they request in this state," he said.

Anyone who was in the area of the Running Bear Camping Area in the last few days and saw any suspicious activity or vehicles on the side of the road is asked to contact Vermont State Police at 875-2112.
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Mass. Man Arrested After Body Found In Vt.

Corpse Found On Interstate 91

CHICOPEE, Mass. -- Police have arrested a man who shared an apartment with a 64-year-old Chicopee, Mass., resident whose body was found along Interstate 91 in Vermont.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield reported Sunday that police arrested Peter Bruneau, 37, after they found blood at the apartment and determined that "a violent crime had occurred" in the home he shared with George Roy.

Roy's body was found in grass off the east side of the highway near Weathersfield on Friday.
Authorities the cause and manner of death were being withheld because the death investigation was ongoing.

Police from Chicopee who had begun a missing persons probe into Roy's disappearance contacted Vermont authorities after information about the discovery of the body was shared with New England law enforcement agencies.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/17417067/detail.html
 
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