Searsburg Remains Identified; Authorities Investigating as Homicide
iBerkshires.Com reports the remains discovered last year at gravel pit on Somerset Road in Vermont have been identified as Jessica Hildenbrandt, 43, of Ballston Spa, N.Y.
Authorities said that her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Hildenbrandt, who went by the nickname "Red," spent considerable time in Vermont, especially in and around Bennington, state police reported. She was last in touch with her family in July 2019.
Someone came across a jawbone in the gravel pit on Sept. 17, 2019, and reported this to state police at the Shaftsbury barracks. The bone was taken to the chief medical examiner's office in Burlington and a search found more human remains at the site.
Detectives Lt. John-Paul Schmidt and Sgt. Samuel Truex say in their report that DNA analysis and "extensive investigation" led to the positive identification of Hildebrandt.
While the death has been ruled a homicide, the cause is currently undetermined.
Anyone who might have information that could be relevant to the investigation is asked to contact Truex at 802-442-5421 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.