Remains of a murder victim found in an abandoned 佛蒙特 gravel pit more than a year ago belong to a 43-year-old upstate New York woman, 根据一份报告.
Homicide investigators are now trying to figure out when, where and how she was killed – and why. Hers is the first homicide case in Bennington County in more than three years, 该论文报道.
Police began investigating after a hiker stumbled on a jawbone in the gravel pit, located in Searsburg. Further digging unearthed more remains.
The process of identifying Hildenbrandt took almost a year and involved DNA analysis, 根据论文.
“There are many factors that impact that turnaround,” Vermont State Police Detective Lt. John-Paul Schmidt told the paper, “Unfortunately, real-life forensics only vaguely resembles how it is depicted on television and in the movies.”
The last time Hildenbrandt’s family had heard from her was two months prior, 据警察.
She last updated her Facebook page on July 7, 2019, 该论文报道.
“Jessica was a good friend, who always was a shoulder to lean on,” says her obituary. It says her survivors include a son.
The Banner reported that investigators have continued to look for leads.
“We’re always looking for people to talk to us,” Schmidt said. “If they have information, we’d love to hear from them.”