Police recover missing man’s pickup from Winooski River

Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 5:39 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2022 at 6:28 PM EDT
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WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Crews on Thursday recovered the red pickup truck that belonged to a missing man, pulling it off the bottom of the Winooski River in Waterbury.

A missing man’s truck was found in the river Wednesday.

Donald Messier, 34, of Waterbury, disappeared in 2006 after leaving a party in Waitsfield.

Donald Messier-File photo
Donald Messier-File photo(WCAX)

Divers with Adventures with Purpose, a group out of Oregon that specializes in missing person cases, found Messier’s red pickup underwater near River Road on Wednesday.

The discovery of the truck is a breakthrough in the 16-year-old cold case.

Search crews have found a truck they believe was owned by a Vermont man who went missing in 2006.
Search crews have found a truck they believe was owned by a Vermont man who went missing in 2006.(WCAX)

Thursday, Vermont State Police scuba divers worked with a tow truck to pull the vehicle out of the water, finally bringing it up late in the afternoon.

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