"We're honored to be here to honor Patty's memory," said Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont.
More than 150 people gathered at the statehouse to honor Ann and David Scoville and the memory of their daughter Patty Scoville who was murdered 17 years ago.
"I don't think there's any question that lives have already been saved as a consequence of your actions," said Bill Sorrell, D-Vt. Attorney General.
The Scovilles' action started in 1991 soon after their daughter Patty was raped and murdered in Stowe. Police had few clues and no suspects, but they did have the killer's DNA. The Scoville's spearheaded a tireless lobbying effort that led to the creation of Vermont's DNA databank in 1999. Five years later, police used the databank to identify their daughter's killer-- Howard Godfrey-- 13 years after her death.
The honors included naming the state's DNA lab for Patty Scoville.
"This is such an honor to have her name on this laboratory. I cannot tell each and every one of you how much I appreciate your love and support," said Ann Scoville.
"We had three goals: to keep Patty's memory alive, both her death and her life, and secondly we wanted to do whatever we could to ensure that the person who raped and murdered Patty would be brought to justice. We feel very much for other parents all over this country who are losing children to violent deaths," explained David Scoville.
Attending the statehouse ceremonies was one part of the Scovilles' trip to Vermont. The second: to attend the sentencing hearing on Friday for Howard Godfrey the man who murdered their daughter.
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:41 PM EST2014-03-07 04:41:04 GMT
The Randolph man who admitted to murdering his niece in 2008 will be sentenced this spring. In August Michael Jacques struck a deal with federal prosecutors. He gave up his right to an appeal and pleadedMore >>
The Randolph man who admitted to murdering his niece in 2008 will be sentenced this spring.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:40 PM EST2014-03-07 04:40:13 GMT
It's a real estate deal between UVM and the Queen City that could end up kicking some non-profits to the curb. The Burlington School District voted Thursday night on half of the multi-million dollar deal.More >>
It's a real estate deal between UVM and the Queen City that could end up kicking some non-profits to the curb.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:53 PM EST2014-03-07 00:53:09 GMT
'Tis the season-- as winter winds down frost heaves and potholes arrive. The ups and downs of the 2014 winter can be seen and felt. No route or road is spared. And just adding to the frustration-- theMore >>
The deep freeze is making for some rough roads across our region and it's also contributing to a fuel shortage. Shelby Cashman has more.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:56 PM EST2014-03-07 00:56:36 GMT
The pothole problem knows no boundaries. Our neighbors to the north are also dealing with rough roads. The Quebec Transportation Ministry budgeted $260 million for winter road maintenance. But crews haveMore >>
Our neighbors to the north are also dealing with rough roads.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:23 PM EST2014-03-06 21:23:33 GMT
Investigators now say a fire that damaged a student housing complex at St. Michael's College was not caused by the building's heating system. The fire last month damaged a row of townhouses. All of theMore >>
Investigators now say a fire that damaged a student housing complex at St. Michael's College was not caused by the building's heating system.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:50 PM EST2014-03-06 21:50:24 GMT
Vermont police say a New Hampshire woman was driving drunk with two kids in her car. The incident happened Wednesday at the Intersection of 1-91 and Route 302 in Newbury, Vt. Vermont state police sayMore >>
Vermont police say a New Hampshire woman was driving drunk with two kids in her car.More >>