Arlington woman found dead, state police suspect homicide

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ARLINGTON — State police are investigating a possible homicide after an elderly woman was found dead in her home.

On the night of Wednesday, Jan. 4, a friend of Helen Jones, 81, of Arlington, went to Jones' residence to check on her at the request of an out-of-state family member and discovered a body, according to a report by Major Glenn E. Hall of the Vermont State Police. A Bennington County Sheriff's Department deputy was in the area and was dispatched to the scene and confirmed that the person, preliminarily identified as Jones, was indeed deceased.

The state police then arrived to investigate the scene and found evidence of a suspected homicide. Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit responded to the scene to lead the investigation, and detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Crime Scene Search Team responded to assist.

Police say the investigation is still in its early stages. Once the crime scene is processed, the deceased will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington for autopsy in order to determine cause and manner of death. Investigators are working closely with the Bennington County State's Attorney's Office.

Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who has information regarding suspicious activity in the area of Buck Hill Road in Arlington during this past week or anyone who has had contact with the victim or her associates. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB

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