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Monday, October 3, 2022

Ongoing search for 84-year-old St. Johnsbury man near Passumpsic River

ST. JOHNSBURY — Authorities are searching for a man who was reported missing from his home early Sunday morning in St. Johnsbury.

Richard C. Gammell Sr. is reported to have left his home on Mountain Avenue at about 5:30 a.m.

His vehicle was located about three hours later in the vicinity of 1400 River Road.

Tracks in the snow indicate Gammell may have walked from his vehicle to the Passumpsic River and entered an area of open water.

Members of the Vermont State Police, including the SCUBA Team and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, have been searching the river and adjacent areas.

The St. Johnsbury Police Department and St. Johnsbury Fire Department have provided assistance.

Police say the case is not considered suspicious.

They are asking anyone with information that could assist investigators to call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111.

Search efforts ended for the day at 4:30 p.m. due to deteriorating weather conditions.

The search is expected to resume on Monday.

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