Report: Burlington man identified as person of interest in Vermont double murder

A Burlington man has been identified as a person of interest in the double homicide of two Massachusetts men in October.

Theodore Bland, 28, is currently being held on unrelated federal drug and firearms charges, authorities told NewsChannel 13’s media partners at The Berkshire Eagle.

The bodies of Jahim Solomon, of Pittsfield, and Chicopee resident Eric White were found on Oct. 25 in a wooded area of Eden, Vermont. The men were last seen on Oct 15 and had been in Vermont. Both men died from gunshot wounds to the head and the causes of death were classified as homicides.

Both Solomon and White had spent time in prison and knew each other as teens in the juvenile justice system.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Bland had left Vermont in late October at about the time the two bodies was found. He was arrested in Tennessee and returned to face charges over an incident outside a convenience store in South Burlington in which he is accused of brandishing a shotgun while being a user of a controlled substance.

Authorities have not stated why Bland is considered a person of interest.