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Vt. forensics lab backup slows shooting investigation

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A backlog at the state forensics lab in Waterbury is delaying the investigation into a shooting in downtown White River Junction.

It's been more than a year since a man was shot in the buttocks in front of the Tucker Box on Main Street. He recovered from his injuries but the case remains unsolved. Hartford police sent a shell casing, bullet and weapon to the lab to see if there was a match, but they are still waiting for the results.

"It is frustrating. We understand that everybody is on budget crunches and there are backlogs. We haven't really heard what the backlog is. I know they are on the only lab in the state. In their defense, like I said, we haven't hounded them about it," Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brad Vail said.

The lab's director, Margaret Schwartz, was unavailable for comment Wednesday. However, she recently told the Valley News that the lab is "looking into it and will be prioritizing it."

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