Saturday marked the second anniversary of an unsolved murder in northwestern Vermont. It was two years ago that 33-year old Kenny Jerome was shot and killed while working on a farm in Sheldon, in Franklin county. No one has been charged with the killing, but police are looking for new leads in the case. And neighbors who want justice have raised reward money.
On July 7th 2005, Vermont State Police brought in their mobile forensics lab. The family that owns the Diamond Hill Custom Heifer farm found their long-time friend and employee dead in the farm yard. Police say Kenny Jerome had been shot once in the chest with a 22-caliber rifle from a range of about 200 feet. Although police focused their investigation on a family that owns a neighboring property, no one has been arrested in the case.
A lot of people in this town hope that the guilty party will face a murder charge in court. "A lot of the neighbors and friends decided that they wanted to help us, so they donated or raised money to put into a reward for Kenny. It got up to a little more than nine-thousand dollars, with just neighborhood and friends doing this," said Joanne Magnan, who owns the heifer farm with her husband. Magnan says the reward will go to the person who makes it possible to bring the case to justice. "We're just hoping that there is somebody who can remember some little thing that might end the case, the missing piece of the puzzle," she said.
The Magnans and friends have not forgotten Kenny Jerome. They will not let his memory die. In front of the farm where he worked, friends did a "Kenny Tribute," as two vehicles laid down some rubber.
Kenny Jerome's murder may be turning into a cold case, but police say it's still very much an open case. What's needed, they say, is someone with key information to come forward.
Anyone with information should call Vermont State Police: 802-524-5993.
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