Police arrest suspect in Wardsboro murder

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 6:17 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 11:55 PM EDT
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WARDSBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - A woman was found dead in Wardsboro and now police are calling it a murder. Police laid out a timeline of what happened.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday when a woman’s body was found on a logging road off Newfane Road between Wacker Road and Townshend Dam Road in Wardsboro.

Tuesday, Vermont State Police identified the victim as Emmy Bascom, 42, of Guilford.

Investigators say she’d been killed by multiple sharp-force injuries to the neck and torso.

Police say the man who discovered the body was a friend of the suspect, Cara Rodrigues, 31, of Wardsboro. Rodrigues is charged with second-degree murder.

Cara Rodrigues
Cara Rodrigues(Courtesy: Vt. State Police)

Police say the women knew each other and had been spotted spending time together recently, including Monday in Brattleboro in Bascom’s Chevy Suburban.

They say witness statements and bloody clothing link Rodrigues to her murder. But there’s no word on a motive yet.

Police say they caught up to Rodrigues after a pair of burglaries.

The first one was at 6:13 p.m. at a home on Cushing Flats Road.

Investigators say surveillance camera footage shows her at the home. Police were investigating that when they got the call about the body.

Cara L. Rodrigues, 31, of Wardsboro is seen in a photo from a home security surveillance camera...
Cara L. Rodrigues, 31, of Wardsboro is seen in a photo from a home security surveillance camera at 180 Cushing Flats Rd. in Newfane on Monday evening, Aug. 8, 2022.(Courtesy: Vt. State Police)

They then found Bascom’s SUV in the middle of Newfane Road.

A Chevrolet Suburban is seen parked on Newfane Road on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
A Chevrolet Suburban is seen parked on Newfane Road on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.(Vermont State Police | Courtesy: Vt. State Police)

Then at 9:20 p.m, a call came in from a homeowner on Galbraith Road, who said at around 7 p.m. he encountered a distraught woman identifying herself as Cara.

Police searched the area and at 11:30 p.m. found Rodrigues on that property at another building that police say appeared to have been broken into.

Rodrigues was arrested. She faces burglary charges as well.

Police now want to hear from people who live in the areas of Wacker, Townshend Dam, Newfane and Galbraith Roads. They want them to check security cameras for any images or video of Rodrigues, the Chevy Suburban or anything else unusual. They also want to hear about any break-ins on Monday in that area. And they want to hear from you if you know anything about where Rodrigues was between 4 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday, or if you saw the vehicle between 4 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday. Call the state police in Westminster at 802-722-4600 or you can submit an anonymous tip online.

Police are also still investigating exactly where Bascom was killed.

Rodrigues is scheduled to be in court in Brattleboro on Wednesday afternoon.

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