Body found during search for missing St. Johnsbury man

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 12:01 PM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2022 at 3:19 PM EDT
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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Search crews on Tuesday recovered a body believed to be that of a missing St. Johnsbury man.

Richard Gammell Sr., 84, went missing in the Passumpsic River back in February and is presumed to have drowned.

Vermont State Police say a body, believed to be that of Gammell, was found Tuesday morning along the banks of the Connecticut River.

It was more than three miles downstream from where Gammell entered the river.

The body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in Burlington for positive identification and to determine the cause and manner of death.

Crews have been searching on a near-daily basis since Gammell went missing.

The body was found Tuesday by two wardens with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Members of the Vermont State Police, including the Scuba Team, and a helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection also helped in Tuesday’s search and recovery effort.

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