Search for South Burlington murder suspect expanded to Cape Cod

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Authorities say they have expanded their search for a South Burlington murder suspect to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Leroy Headley

Police on Monday continued the five-day manhunt for Leroy Headley, 36, the key suspect in the death of his girlfriend, Anako "Annette" Lumumba. Lumumba, 33, was found dead Thursday in her South Burlington home. The medical examiner on Monday said Lumumba died Thursday from a gunshot wound to the head.

South Burlington police Monday afternoon said investigators have expanded their search in the Cape Cod area, where Headley has extensive family connections. They continued to urge community members to carry on with normal activities while also observing for any suspicious behavior.

"The crime he is accused of is a very targeted, very personal crime. He knew the victim, the victim knew him and it was an A to B crime. It was not a random selection of violence. So, that puts me a little more at ease and makes me more comfortable telling the community, let kids be kids, carry on with your normal daily activities but keep an eye out and report anything suspicious," South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple said.

Headley was last known to be driving a 2017 Blue Nissan Pathfinder with Vermont license plates HBR 281.