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UPDATE on decomposed human remains found inside tent in Bethel

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The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the autopsy on the man identified as James P. Lumbra, 35 of Bethel.  The cause of his death was determined to be substance abuse, acute mix intoxication. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

The Vermont State Police investigation into this incident is ongoing, and anyone with information that may assist detectives is asked to contact the Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933 or provide an anonymous tip online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

***Update No. 1, 4:15 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2021***

Following autopsy, the victim in this incident has been identified as James P. Lumbra, 35, who resided on the property in Bethel where his body was found.

The cause and manner of death remain under investigation pending toxicology results, but the death does not appear suspicious at this time.

The Vermont State Police continues to ask that anyone with information that might be relevant to this investigation contact the Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

 

Original release from July:

The Vermont State Police is investigating the death of an unknown individual whose body was found Thursday, July 15, 2021, outside a private residence in the town of Bethel.

Police were notified at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday that a body had been located in a tent at a property on Findley Bridge Road. Troopers responded to the scene and found decomposed human remains inside the tent. The scene was secured, and an investigation initiated. The body was later transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, and to identify the remains.

Anyone with information that may be relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

The investigation is active and ongoing, and no further information is available. State police will provide updates as appropriate.

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