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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Police bring in helicopter as search for missing St. Johnsbury man continues

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police continued searching today for an 84-year-old man who went missing in St. Johnsbury.

On February 27, authorities were notified that Richard C. Gammell Sr. left his home on Mountain Avenue at about 5:30 a.m.

His vehicle was located about three hours later in the vicinity of River Road at around 2:00 p.m.

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

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

Today, a helicopter was brought in to continue the search.

The Passumpsic River from the area where Gammell entered the river was searched to the New Hampshire state line / Connecticut River via helicopter. 

A ground crew of troopers and detectives also assisted in the search efforts, by walking the banks of the river and checking points of interest.

Local state police detectives and troopers will continue to search the river in the coming days by vehicle, foot, unmanned aircraft, and K9.  

Police continue to ask that anyone with information that may assist in locating Gammell call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111. 

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