Remains Found in Norwich Identified as Those of Missing 19-Year-Old

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Austin Colson had been Missing Since Jan.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington has informed the Vermont State Police that human remains discovered on May 23 in Norwich, VT, have been positively identified as those of Austin Colson.  

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The cause and manner of Colson’s death remain pending.  

Investigators continue to ask that anyone with information about Colson’s disappearance contact the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933.

On Wednesday, May 23, as part of a previously scheduled effort, the Vermont State Police resumed the search for the 19-year-old Colson, who was reported missing in January.  

Colson was last seen at his residence, 224 Rainbow St. in Royalton, VT, on Jan. 11. He was believed to have made plans to collect scrap metal that day. The following week, the utility trailer Colson was believed to have been using was found abandoned on Downer Road in Sharon. The trailer was partially loaded with scrap metal.  

Agencies, including the Vermont State Police, along with volunteers, conducted searches for Colson over the winter and spring without result and planned to resume search operations when the weather improved this spring.

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