Police investigating suspicious disappearance of Mad River Valley man

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WARREN, Vt. (WCAX) Police in the Mad River Valley swarmed the home of a missing man Wednesday.

Neil Denis

"We truly don't know enough about what's going on here," Vt. State Police Capt. Dan Trudeau said.

A car was found in the middle of North Branch Road in Ripton just after 7 a.m., but police did not find the owner, Neil Denis, 55, of Warren, with it.

So they went to his house on Route 100. Investigators say they found signs of a possible break-in.

"Certainly suspicious in nature; there is a severe amount of vandalism and we are unsure if it’s an actual burglary or what it is," Trudeau said.

Police were at Denis' home all day. The state police crime scene command post was also there.

Police have not yet released much information, saying they are investigating a missing persons case.

"He is unaccounted for still, we are considering him missing at this time," Trudeau said.

John Keith lives across the street from Denis and said he heard gunshots late Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning.

"It sounded like a .22-caliber and after that it was a rifle shot. Then at 5 o'clock [Wednesday] morning, I heard another rifle shot," Keith said.

Keith didn't think much of the shots at the time, but police confirmed what he heard.

"There is some evidence to support that some shots have been fired," Trudeau said. "I can't really elaborate much more than that."