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Police: Human remains found in Bennington County belong to Ballston Spa woman

Police: Human remains found in Bennington County belong to Ballston Spa woman Photo: Vermont State Police .

WNYT Staff
Updated: September 21, 2020 11:57 AM
Created: September 21, 2020 11:38 AM

Investigators with Vermont State Police have identified human remains found in Searsburg last year.

They say the victim is a woman from Ballston Spa.

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Police say 43-year-old Jessica Hildenbrandt also known as "Red" -- was last in touch with her family in July of 2019.     

Then in September -- police were called after a jawbone was discovered at a gravel pit on Somerset Road.    

Hildenbrandt's death has been ruled a homicide, and the cause is undetermined.     

Police say Hildenbrandt spent considerable time in Vermont, especially in and around Bennington.      

Investigators will continue to look into the circumstances surrounding her death. Anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police.


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