Elderly Tunbridge woman who may have been accidentally shot outside her home has died

Edith Whitney, 87, passed away Monday evening at DHMC

TUNBRIDGE - The elderly Tunbridge woman who police say was struck Saturday evening by some sort of projectile, mostly likely a stray bullet, outside of her home on Spring Road has now died, apparently as a result of the chest injury she sustained in the incident.

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    Edith Whitney, 87, died Monday evening at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where she had spent two days in the Intensive Care Unit after she was discovered by family members and friends lying out in front of her home which sits astride a steep and secluded rural valley near several other homes, many of which are those of her close relatives.

    Vermont State Police investigators said this week that, although no projectiles or bullets have been recovered, they believe Whitney was struck by something and they are hoping an autopsy which will be performed this week in New Hampshire (because she died in a hospital in that state) will provided more information.

    "Subjects who were in the area when this incident occurred and who were shooting a firearm at the time have been identified and interviewed," detectives said Monday, adding, "A firearm, ammunition and spent ammunition casings have also been recovered by investigators."

    "At this time this appears to have been an accident and there is no cause for public alarm," the announcement continued, "The Vermont State Police investigation into this incident is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (802) 234-9933."

     The state police also clarified that Whitney was 87-years-old and not 88 as they had initially reported.

Spring Road climbs up a steep valley roughly halfway between Tunbridge Village and East Randolph

Whitney's home at 240 Spring Road sits well above the grade of the road itself facing a range of hills

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