View Full Version : Found Deceased VT - James E. Hance, 80, St Albans, Jan 2008
01-31-2008, 11:40 PM
31 Jan 08
Police are looking for an 80-year-old St. Albans man who failed to return from an ice-fishing trip Thursday.
James E. Hance left home at about 7 a.m. and his family says he usually returns by 2:30 p.m.
Hance may be wearing an olive-colored coat, blue winter hat, flannel shirt and gray fishing pants, He also may be driving a green 1994 Toyota pickup with Vermont registration BBT 478.
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Albans City Police at 524-2166.
no pic at link
02-04-2008, 08:04 PM
James was found today, he was recovered in his vehicle. His vehicle fell through the ice, recovery has been done on his body, friends and family were there at the time of recovery. His vehicle will be recovered in the spring. An autopsy is planned but there were no signs of a struggle, foul play etc.
I was contacted today by dark_shadows to make a flyer for James, because they had planned to do a mass posting in town as well as in the areas he liked to fish at, a friend that she works with is related to James. Unfortunately by the time we were back in contact (Their break time) it was rumored he was found, and confirmation came through as they were leaving work.
My thoughts are with James' family, his friends, as well as dark_shadows. I am truly sorry for the outcome of this, I wish it would have been different.
Here is a link that talks about him being found, as well as a more precise timeline (legally speaking) than what we know firsthand.
The search for a missing fisherman in St. Albans came to a tragic end Monday afternoon. Friends of James Hance, 80, located his truck under the ice on Lapan Bay.
Update - Today (2/5/08) his vehicle was pulled out of the water. The family hired a private company to do so. It took a few hours because of the ice conditions.
02-04-2008, 08:34 PM
My dearest Jinxie,:blowkiss:
I cannot express to you how much your help means to me, my friend, and my friend's family.
You took the time to make a poster of James for me to bring to work for us to put up around town. When I spoke to you from work, you asked the proper questions to make the missing poster details accurate. When I got out of work I stopped off at my local store, I was told that James had been found deceased. I came home and you informed me with regret and compassion that James was in fact found deceased and you read to me the news report.
With all of my heart my friend, I am in such deep appreciation that you took the time to help.
I have the honor of knowing you as someone near and dear to my heart outside of this website.
My words to you cannot convey the gratitude that I feel.
My friend at work cannot thank-you enough for all of your help. She was truly amazed to feel the kindness of your heart, so were my co-workers were amazed when I called upon you for help and you did not hesitate to help.
You are truly an Angel and your heart touched so many today.
Just know that you touched many hearts today.
Touched by an Angel.
So much Love and Respect and Honor for you,
02-04-2008, 09:07 PM
I'm speechless. No thanks is necessary. I only wish there would have been a different outcome. Please check your private messages. :blowkiss:
02-04-2008, 09:23 PM
You are in my eyes family.
So much Love and Respect for you,
02-05-2008, 08:35 PM
Hance's truck was sitting in about six feet of water just below the water's surface, with Hance still in the driver's seat. Police say it looks like the truck simply fell through the ice about 120 feet from the shore.
"And the Vermont State Police dive team was contacted and came up to the scene and arrived approximately 3:30 p.m.," explained Cooper.
After cutting a larger hole, divers managed to pull Hance's body from the water at about 4:10 p.m. Family members stood on shore crying and holding each other for support. Friends commented on the tragedy, saying they are at least thankful to know what happened.
Members of the Saint Albans Town Fire Department felt one last thing needed to be done to bring full closure to the family. They volunteered to pull Hance's truck from the water Monday night. For a vehicle that took mere seconds to vanish beneath the ice, getting it back out proved to be incredibly difficult.
Video at link - I applaud the Fire Dept. For volunteering and helping to bring closure to the family :clap::clap::clap:
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