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  1. #1
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    Mar 2010

    VT - Doris Maxfield, 46, Thetford, 3 January 1977 - Murdered?

    Can't find anything on this cold case:

    A housewife Doris Maxfield was found murdered in her home on January 3, 1977. LE originally believed she died of natural causes. The medical report ruled her death a homicide at the time due to asphyxiation and strangulation. Her husband, according to reports returned home from his job as a school bus driver and found Doris on the floor.

    What is shocking is that a newspaper report said that she was alive an hour earlier as her children left for school!

    No suspects were ever charged. It is not even known if there were or are suspects in this case! I can't find anything on the case except this below:

    Housewife Slain in Her Home Still Remains Unresolved

    It was January 3, 1977, when forty-six year old Doris Maxfield was found murdered at her home in the town of Thetford. At first, law enforcement thought she had died from natural causes. The Medical Examiner at the time ruled her death a homicide caused by asphyxiation by manual strangulation. Her lifeless body had been found on the kitchen floor of her Post Mills apartment by her husband. He had just returned home at 8:45 that Monday morning after he had finished driving a school bus. According to a newspaper article at the time of her death, she had been seen alive an hour earlier when her children left for school.

    Originally, the regional medical examiner did not do an autopsy on Maxfield. He thought the death was a result of natural causes. A Vermont State Trooper (Danford O'Brien) became suspicious of marks on Maxfield's neck and had the Chief Medical Examiner do an autopsy on her body. The case has remained cold for decades and it is unknown if there is a suspect. If you have any information about this case, you are urged to call the Vermont State Police at 802-241-5000. You can remain anonymous.

    Source: http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/unsolvedct/vermont.html


  2. #2
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    Aug 2008
    Who Dat Nation
    Here are a couple of articles from 1977

    Vermont Homicide Baffles Police

    The detective on the case said the death was "different from anything" he'd seen in 24 years of investigating homicides. There was no forced entry, sexual assault, or robbery. As already said, she was alive when her husband left to drive the school bus. He returned home an hour later to find her dead.

    Death Ruled Homicide
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