Arlington homicide remains a mystery

January 11, 2017 06:35 PM

ARLINGTON - More than 24 hours after they started, Vermont State Police were still searching a house in the hamlet of East Arlington in Bennington County. Last week, an 81-year-old woman was stabbed to death inside her house a half-mile away on Buck Hill Road.

Officers dressed in hazmat suits went in and out of a house smack dab in the middle of East Arlington. 

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Police will only say it's not a meth lab and the officers are in suits because the house is unsanitary. 

It was a similar search effort a week ago at 81-year-old Helen Jones’ house in Arlington proper, right behind the high school. A friend found her stabbed to death.

"We’re in shock, we’re mad, we’re sad, were grieving, we’re confused," admitted Margot Paige, who lives nearby.

"I don’t know if this is in any way shape or form related to the tragic events that have happened in this community, all within the past week," admitted George Carpenter, who lives across the street from the house being searched. "If it is, that makes it even more of a tragedy we live with people like this."

George Carpenter lives across the street from the house being searched. He says the renters are often swearing at and fighting with each other. 

Both Carpenter and Margot Paige knew Helen Jones and still can't believe their elderly friend was killed. 

"She was easy to talk to. She was actively involved in the community," recalled Carpenter. 

"We all ask why immediately. My mind went to drugs. It's a terrible shock. It's horrific," Paige admitted.


WNYT Staff

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