Various law enforcement websites have fascinating reports on the number of murders in Vermont per year. For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation annually creates and publishes a comprehensive Uniform Crime Report that provides detailed information on the different crime types, crime rates, and crime locations in most cities and counties in every state across the country. Another great example is Project: Cold Case, which not only maintains a public database of nearly 25,000 unsolved cases, but also provides statistics and other information on the number of unsolved murders in every state in the United States, as well as the homicide clearance rate for each state. Based on research done by The Murder Accountability Project in partnership with Project: Cold Case, which you can find on the Cold Case Homicide Statistics webpage, there were an estimated 524 homicides in Vermont between 1980 and 2019. Additionally, there are nearly 191 homicides in Vermont today that remain unsolved, despite the fact that roughly 333 murders from the original count had been solved during that period.
The 1988 murder of Chantel Saurial, the 1993 murder of Angela Blouin, the 1984 murder of Maram Hanel, the 2005 murder of Kenneth Jerome, and the 2012 murder of Christopher Muir Davis, along with the well-known unsolved disappearance of Brianna Maitland, are a few of the remaining unsolved northern Vermont murders which can occasionally be found within Project: Cold Case’s database as well as cold case lists produced by law enforcement agencies in Vermont. Additionally, some examples that may also be included are the various unsolved central Vermont murders, which include the 1977 murder of Marsha Lamonda, the 1988 murder of Bruce Isaacs, the 1969 double murder of Iola and James Hipp, the 2001 murder of Dean Webster, and the 1993 murder of Cheryl Peters, among many others. Currently, there are not any unsolved murders in Montpelier, Vermont, but some unsolved murders in Washington County, Vermont, include the 1977 murder of Norman Mercier, the 1958 murder of Doris Baker, the 2002 murder of Elwyn White, and the 1977 murder of Wendall Emslie, among many others.