UPDATE : human remains in Norwich have been positively identified

Published: May. 24, 2018 at 5:46 PM EDT
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UPDATE: The Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Burlington has informed the Vermont State Police that human remains discovered on May 23, 2018, in Norwich have been positively identified as those of Austin Colson.

The cause and manner of Colson's death remain pending.

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Vermont State Police are waiting for autopsy results on human remains they found in Norwich Wednesday.

Police discovered the remains while searching for Austin Colson, a young man who has been missing since January. Colson's family believes the location of the remains may be a clue as to what happened to their son.

Wednesday, police continued their search for Austin Colson, 19, of South Royalton.

"We had a couple of places that we wanted to revisit since the winter," Vt. State Police Capt. Dan Trudeau said.

One of those locations was a barn on Beaver Meadow Road in Norwich.

Wednesday night, investigators found what they believe to be human remains but they have not yet determined whether those remains belong to Colson.

"I fear the worst," dad Dana Colson said. "I've feared the worst for a long time now."

Dana Colson and his family looked on as crews searched the barn. Colson said he's been there before, combing the woods out back for any sign of his son.

"This is a property that Richard Whitcomb has worked at," Colson said.

The Colson family says Austin was meeting up with Richard Whitcomb when he went missing back in January and they believe Whitcomb may have played a role in their son's disappearance.

"We have been aware of a number of properties he has worked and we have been searching all of those properties," Colson said.

Police have named Whitcomb as a suspect but say he is not in custody.

"I hope we can get all of the answers here relatively quickly," Dana Colson said.

Police remained on scene throughout the night into Thursday.

We are told the autopsy is expected to be completed by the end of the day Thursday. We do not know when police will reveal the person's identity.

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