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Police: Chris Davis cleared in robberies

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Chris Davis, 22, of Swanton, was found dead in the St. Albans City Pool April 16. Now, police say a woman has been using Davis' debit card for almost a month, buying groceries 30 miles away.

"The fact that it was used outside of this area would suggest that someone was doing that not to draw attention or to be outside of the immediate area where Mr. Davis was located," St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said.

Police say the woman was caught on camera using the dead man's debit card three times at the Hannaford in Essex starting April 1 and again in the St. Albans area, but police won't say where. Investigators say after weeks of trying to identify her she called them, saying she saw herself on the news. Police say she's been questioned, but they won't release her name or say how she got Davis' card. Ultimately, they're hoping she'll help them figure out how Davis died.

"I think we can say that this is a suspicious death investigation," Taylor said.

But police won't say if Davis was a victim of foul play. They're waiting for toxicology results from the medical examiner's office. Investigators won't say if Davis' wallet was on him when his body was discovered in the pool or if any other items were missing from it.

Police previously labeled Davis as a "person of interest" in three St. Albans muggings beginning in late March. Police now say their investigation is pointing them in a different direction and Davis has tentatively been ruled out.

"Early on we weren't prepared to rule anybody out and there were certainly a number of resemblances, similarities in the robberies," Taylor said.

Vermont State police agree. They, too, have tentatively ruled Davis out, saying they no longer believe he's the armed gunman caught on camera robbing the Champlain Farms in Swanton March 29. It's welcome news to Davis' family. They have been fighting to clear his name for weeks.

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