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Jeanne Sevigny, of Westford, VT - Charged with 2nd Degree Homicide

Vt. State Police - 4:10 pm Fri Dec 18th, 2009

On November 10th 2006 the Vermont State Police began an investigation into the disappearance of Mary Wilcox, age 78 of Westford, VT.

Wilcox, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was residing and being cared for by her daughter, Jeanne Sevigny at the time of her disappearance at Sevigny's residence in Westford, Vermont.

During the initial investigation, Jeanne Sevigny was interviewed and provided detailed information concerning her mother's disappearance. The information provided by Jeanne Sevigny led the Police to believe that Wilcox wandered away from the residence while Sevigny had left her unattended for several hours during the day of November 9th.

As a result of the information provided by Sevigny, the State Police initiated an extensive search of the area in an attempt to locate Wilcox. In spite of these efforts, Wilcox was never located and the investigation has remained open and active since that time. Additional leads in Wilcox's disappearance therefore have been pursued over the years and there was an additional ground search of the area in July of 2007 in an attempt to locate Wilcox's remains.

Recently the State Police interviewed a person who came forward that provided new information in the case, which contradicted Jeanne Sevigny's account of her mother's disappearance.

Acting on this new information, State Police Detectives interviewed Jeanne Sevigny and Greg Sevigny concerning Wilcox's disappearance.

Greg Sevigny is Jeanne Sevigny's son and the grandson of Mary Wilcox. As a result of these interviews and additional investigation it was learned that Jeanne Sevigny was actually responsible for her mother's death. Detectives further learned that following Wilcox's death, Jeanne Sevigny had burned Wilcox's body on her property in an attempt to conceal her death. The remains were then given to Sevigny's son, Greg, for disposal. Greg Sevigny then buried Wilcox's remains with the assistance of a friend in a wooded area in Westford, Vermont.

Jeanne Sevigny then reported her missing on November 10th and lied to Police concerning the true circumstances of Wilcox's disappearance.

As a result of this investigation, Jeanne Sevigny was arrested for the offense of 2nd degree murder and will be arraigned in Chittenden District Court on December 17, 2009 at 10:30 hours.

Greg Sevigny was also arrested for the offense of Unlawful Disposal of a Human Body and will also be arraigned at the same location and time. Greg Sevigny's friend, which assisted in burying Wilcox's remains, is cooperating with Detectives and no criminal charges are being filed at this time.

This investigation is still active at this time.

State Police intend on conducting new searches to locate and recover Wilcox's remains based on the new information learned during this investigation.



DATE OF RELEASE: December 18, 2009
ISSUED BY: Sgt. Tara Thomas, Public Information Officer

During the day of December 18th, the Vermont State Police continued their investigation into the death of Mary Wilcox of Westford, VT. The search of the Sevigny's residence was concluded, however the State Police continue to search the wooded area behind the Westford Elementary School for Ms. Wilcox's remains. The search efforts in this area is anticipated to continue throughout the weekend. Further press releases will be issued as new information develops.


Previous Releases Issued To Date:
DATE OF RELEASE: December 17, 2009
ISSUED BY: Sgt. Tara Thomas, Public Information Officer

The Vermont State Police spent the day searching and processing two crimes scenes that are in connection with the alleged murder of Mary Wilcox, age 78 of Westford who was reported missing in November 2006.

Jeanne Sevigny's residence in Westford, and a wooded area behind the Westford Elementary School are the two crime scenes that are being searched at this time. The search processes for both scenes are expected to continue into tomorrow.

Undisclosed items of possible interest at the Sevigny residence were collected and will be sent to the Vermont Forensic Laboratory for analysis.

Original Press Release:
DATE OF RELEASE: December 17, 2009
INCIDENT: Homicide
CASE #: 06A105324
DATE OF INCIDENT: November 2006
LOCATION: Westford, VT
VICTIM: Mary Wilcox, age 78 of Westford, VT
ACCUSED: Jeanne Sevigny, age 59 of Westford, VT - Charged with 2nd
Degree Homicide
(Daughter to the victim)
Greg Sevigny, age 30 of Westford, VT - Charge with Unlawful Disposal of
a Human Body
(Grandson to the victim)

Relevant Address(es):
Chittenden, VT 05737 (Set as Local)
Westford, VT 05494 (Set as Local)
Williston, VT 05495 (Set as Local)

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