Police say man found dead in Hinesburg was homicide victim

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HINESBURG, Vt. (WCAX) Police now say a man found dead in Hinesburg was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators say David Auclair, 45, of Williston, died of multiple gunshot wounds. They have no suspects at this time.

Auclair's body was found just before 11 p.m. Thursday and the Vermont State Police crime scene unit was at the scene for most of the day Friday.

A neighbor our Dom Amato spoke with said the police presence was very unusual in their somewhat quiet neighborhood.

"Never in my backyard, they say," Dianne Deforge said.

Deforge walked outside her home on Gilman Road Friday morning to find a crime scene just a few hundred feet away at the trailhead parking lot of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest.

"It's a little scary," she said.

Deforge says her husband said he believed he heard multiple gunshots Thursday night.

"He said they were in succession, fast," she said.

Deforge says the town forest along the LaPlatte River is visited for school trips and is utilized by many residents.

"It's well-used," she said.

Vermont State Police took over the investigation after Hinesburg Police initially found the body. Officials say Auclair's body was found outside his truck with multiple gunshot wounds.

Vermont State Police Maj. Dan Trudeau says he believes the public is not in any danger.

"This is an unsettling thing to hear about, no doubt, but I would say at this point of our investigation, we don't think there's any danger to the public. We feel like this was a targeted event," Trudeau said.

We don't know exactly why the police don't think the public is in any danger in this case but often that's an indication the victim was specifically targeted by someone, and though the killer is still on the loose, that person is not likely to randomly target others.

Trudeau says police are looking for any information regarding Auclair's whereabouts Thursday afternoon and evening. If you heard gunshots or saw anything suspicious in the area of the trailhead Thursday evening, or if you saw Auclair or his gray 2017 GMC pickup with Vermont tags 290A744, state police want to hear from you. Call the barracks in Williston at 802-878-7111.