Skeleton found beside I-91 in White River Junction one year ago has now been positively identified

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Death of Connecticut man is not considered suspicious

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Using DNA drawn from relatives of a man who'd been reported missing, a positive identification has been made of the skeletal remains which were discovered one year ago on a wooded hillside that sits between Interstate 91's southbound lane and the nearby VA Hospital complex, the Vermont State Police announced Friday.

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    Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner has determined that the deceased is Paul Paribello, 52, of Brookfield, Connecticut.

    Police said that Paribello's death is not considered suspicious and noted that, although his ties were to Connecticut, he had been staying in White River Junction for some time prior to his disappearance.

    A local man out walking his dog on March 5, 2017 following the spring thaw discovered the remains, which included several items of clothing and other personal effects that led investigators to suspect Paribello was the individual involved but it took a year before the DNA testing officially confirmed that expectation on Thursday.

    The skeleton made it apparent that the body had been in the woods for at least several months before it was found on a slope a few dozen yards beyond the edge of the tree line just above the highway and the nearby ramp leading off from Exit 11 southbound.

The original story and photos can be found at: Body found beside I-91 in White River Junction

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