Police searching S. Burlington wooded area following arrest of NH murder suspect
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A search connected to a suspect in a pair of New Hampshire homicides is underway in South Burlington Thursday night following the arrest of a transient man in the area Wednesday.
New Hampshire and Vermont authorities late Thursday were searching in a wooded area off Patchen Road in South Burlington, close to where Logan Clegg, 26, was picked up by police Wednesday.
Clegg was arrested at the South Burlington Public Library after he was spotted by authorities on nearby Williston Road. Clegg faced a judge in Burlington Thursday on charges of being a fugitive from justice in Utah.
“The state’s request is that Mr. Clegg be held without bail. He’s a fugitive from the state of Utah where he was convicted of several crimes including burglary,” prosecutors told the judge.
But burglary isn’t the most serious crime that authorities believe Clegg could be involved in. New Hampshire’s attorney general says Clegg is a person of interest in the shooting deaths of a Concord couple. Authorities announced Stephen and Djeswende Reid were found dead on a trail near their home on April 21.
The brutal murders left neighbors stunned. “What would have provoked something like that? It’s hard to believe, you know,” said one resident.
The reward for information about the couple’s murder was upped to $50,000 in July. Court paperwork Thursday shows Concord police believe Clegg is a suspect and call the transient man “highly dangerous.” They say on October 1 they got a tip that Clegg might be trying to flee the country, saying he bought a one-way plane ticket from JFK Airport to Berlin for Friday.
Clegg’s attorney argued Thursday that his client be let out on bail. The judge disagreed.
There was no word Thursday from authorities about what they were searching for in the wooded area on University of Vermont property in South Burlington.
The Reids were longtime members of the Chittenden County Community before moving to New Hampshire. Stephen worked for Tetra Tech and Djeswende worked for Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Their obituary says both were known for their humanitarian work.
Channel Three’s Christina Guessferd spoke with former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle, who knew the Reids.
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