Bethel, Vermont - November 12, 2011
Homicide detectives spent the day Saturday at this home on Dartt Hill Road in Bethel. They were looking for clues into what is now being labeled a murder investigation.
"We believe this is an isolated incident. I'm not going to comment on whether we have suspects," said Vermont State Police Captain David Covell.
The investigation began Thursday evening. The family of 19 year old Emma Jozefiak, of Royalton, reported her missing. They told troopers that Jozefiak would sometimes stay at 48 year old Scott Hill's home. Troopers went to the home twice that night - but there was no response at the door. They returned Friday morning. Again no one answered. This time they went inside and made a grim discovery.
"It was a decision made by the trooper based on their discretion. They felt because she still had not been heard from and weren't getting any response at the residence, it was better to err on the side of caution," said Covell.
Hill was pronounced dead. Jozefiak was found unresponsive. She is in critical condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
"In order to protect the integrity I am not going to comment on the cause of Mr Hill's death or the cause of the injuries to Emma," said Covell.
State Police believe the attacks happened inside the home sometime between Monday evening and Friday morning.
Once inside the home, investigators smelled a strange odor prompting police to call in a Haz Mat crew. That turned out to be nothing. Multiple neighbors declined comment on camera for this story. But many say they were concerned about suspicious activity at the home for years. It was even the subject of a select board meeting.
"Neighbors say there has been a lot of drug activity at the home, is that part of this investigation?" asked reporter Matt Henson.
"I'm not getting into specifics at this time," replied Covell.