Grieving father continues to search for answers

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ROYLATON, Vt. (WCAX) When you walk into Dana Colson's home, the memories of his son Austin are everywhere.

"Just good memories, try to remember all the good memories we had over the years," said Dana Colson.

Austin Colson's remains were located in a Norwich barn Wednesday. The 19-year-old had been missing since early January.

"We kind of saw all the signs and the evidence pointing to worst case. There is always that little glimmer of hope that we were wrong," said Dana Colson.

Police say the 19-year-old made plans to collect scrap metal the day he was last seen. His trailer was found abandoned in Sharon. Police say the barn was an area of interest in the disappearance, but are not commenting further.

For Dana Colson, the confirmation of his son's death is the worst case scenario. It's also a bit of closure for this father who has spent the past several months searching for his son.

"We hoped for a better outcome, but it was good to get the final official word so we're not wondering," said Colson.

There have been no arrests, but police have announced a suspect in the case, Richard Whitcomb, of White River Junction. That's who Austin's family says he was supposed to meet the day he disappeared. Whitcomb was in jail on a federal gun charge, but police say he is no longer in custody. Dana Colson says the Norwich property is a place Whitcomb has worked at in the past.

"The more evidence we find, the more you know and there's less wondering," said Colson.

Vermont State Police have yet to release the cause of Austin Colson's death. They say they are still investigating.