CUTTINGSVILLE - On May 17, 2005 the Vermont State Police began a search for William "Mike" Hogan, after his friends reported him missing. Hogan had been visiting friends in the Shrewsbury area on May 16 that year and was in the vicinity of the Spring Lake Ranch Road when he was last seen. Hogan lived in Rutland at the time, and he did not return home that evening.
Although the circumstances regarding Hogan's disappearance did not appear suspicious, the Vermont State Police initiated an investigation and have made numerous efforts to locate Hogan over the last approximately four and a half years.
These efforts included numerous ground searches in the area of Spring Lake Ranch, the utilization of K-9s, and most recently a search of a nearby lake was conducted this past summer. However, all of these searches were unsuccessful and provided no new information on the whereabouts of Mr. Hogan.
Along with the Vermont State Police, several law enforcement agencies and civilians from Vermont and other states have participated in these searches. The family of Mr. Hogan have also actively assisted in the investigation and also made efforts to locate their son during this time.
Also, since 2005, numerous tips and reported sightings have been pursued and investigated by State Police Detectives.
On the morning of Nov. 15 this year, a hunter, while walking through the woods, located what appeared to be a human skull in the woods of Cuttingsville.
Detectives from the VSP Rutland Barracks responded and an initial search of the immediate area where the skull was located was conducted. When no other remains were located, the skull was transported to the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where a positive identification was made using dental records on today's date.
Although these remains have been positively identified as those of William "Mike " Hogan, the Vermont State Police investigation is still ongoing at this time and a further search of the area and surrounding area where the skull was located for additional remains will be conducted. However, there still is no new information to indicate the circumstances of Hogan's disappearance is suspicious at this time.
According to VSP Det./Lt. Tim Oliver of Rutland, missing person's cases are often some of the most heartbreaking and painful for family members to endure.
"The men and woman of the Vermont State Police would like to take this opportunity to express their condolences to the friends and family of William 'Mike' Hogan. We hope that this discovery will help begin to bring some form of closure to the Hogan family," Oliver said.