Vt. State Police - 4:55 pm Fri Jul 12th, 2019
***Update, 4:25 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019***
The Vermont State Police is continuing to investigate the suspicious death of a man whose body was found late Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trailhead parking lot.
The victim has been identified as David Auclair, 45, of Williston. Preliminary investigation indicates he was shot multiple times.
The investigation began when the Hinesburg Police Department responded at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday to multiple reports of gunshots in the area of the trailhead. When Hinesburg police arrived, they located a body later identified as that of Mr. Auclair near his vehicle, a gray 2017 GMC pickup truck. Hinesburg police requested assistance from the state police, which responded with members of the Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team and Field Force.
Investigators processed the scene on Friday, July 12. Mr. Auclair's body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Burlington on Friday afternoon for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Detectives are pursuing multiple avenues of investigation, conducting interviews, reviewing any available video and carrying out searches of the scene and locations connected to Mr. Auclair. Investigators do not believe there is a threat to public safety.
The Vermont State Police would like to speak to anyone who may have heard gunshots or seen anything suspicious in the area of the trailhead on Thursday evening, or who may have seen Mr. Auclair or his GMC truck (Vermont registration 290A755). Anyone with information is asked to call the state police Williston Barracks at 802-878-7111. Tips may also be submitted online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
Further updates will be issued as new information becomes available.
***Initial news release, 1:25 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019***
On 07-11-2019, at approximately 2240 hrs, Hinesburg Police Department discovered a deceased individual at a hiking trail head parking lot located on the Gilman Road in Hinesburg. Hinesburg Police Department requested assistance from the Vermont State Police, who responded to assist with the death investigation. Due to the lack of lighting, the scene will be secured overnight and the investigation will resume during daylight hours. Gilman Road, in proximity to Honey Hill Road, will be closed to through traffic during the investigation. At this time there are no further details. Updates will be provided when more information is available.
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STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Lt. J.P. Schmidt
STATION: Vermont State Police-Williston
DATE/TIME: 10:40 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019
INCIDENT LOCATION: Gilman Road, Hinesburg, VT
VIOLATION: Death Investigation
VICTIM: David Auclair
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Williston, Vermont
Burlington, VT 05401 (Set as Local)
Williston, VT 05495 (Set as Local)
Gilman, VT 05904 (Set as Local)
Hinesburg, VT 05461 (Set as Local)