MIDDLEBURY-Vermont's most famous unsolved homicide case was the gruesome triple murder which took place off Route 116 in East Middlebury in the spring of 1935.
Facts about the East Middlebury homicide, which languished for nearly 76 years, resurfaced recently thanks to the efforts of two Addison County women - Kathy Brande and Roxanna Emilo - who are writing a novel about the crime.
Despite several lurid details that beg speculation, the 1935 East Middlebury case still remains a mystery. And with the passage of nearly a century, it's unlikely now that the crime will ever be solved.
Yet, there are 27 unsolved cases in the Green Mountain State which haven't grown so cold and are just as gruesome; murders which left behind grief, uncertainty and lack of closure - murders with no resolutions that might earn "case closed" status. Even as the years pass by these mystery homicides, state detectives are still pursuing leads.
Currently, the Vermont State Police offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the resolution of so-called major case investigations.
Information rewarded by the VSPmust lead to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the major crimes. In fact, the VSP - like state police agencies elsewhere - offers rewards with an emphasis on unsolved homicides and missing persons, especially where foul play is suspected by investigators.
Here are several brief accounts of infamous Vermont murders still being investigated by the State Police. While decades may have passed, these cases remain active and detectives are keen in talking with any member of the public about them.
Who killed Mary Morales?
A passing motorist found the nude body of Mary Morales - dumped alongside a guardrail on Interstate 91 in Vernon - on the morning of March 4, 1999 near Mile Marker 4.