VSP locates body during search for New Hampshire murder suspect

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VSP locates body during search for New Hampshire murder suspect

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 8:14pm -- tim

Vermont State Police VERNON, Vermont (April 12, 2019) — While the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit was searching for murder suspect Derrick Shippee on and around the Shippee family property at 138 Sak Rd. in Vernon, TSU members located a body at about 4:35 p.m.

The individual has been preliminarily identified as Mr. Schippee. The body is being transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to confirm the cause and manner of death. State police investigators do not consider the death suspicious.

Subsequent updates regarding this case will be provided by the New Hampshire State Police. 

***Initial news release, 3:40 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019***

The Vermont State Police is assisting New Hampshire authorities that are investigating the murders of two individuals in the town of Hinsdale.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Derrick Shippee, 28, on two counts of second-degree murder. Mr. Shippee has ties to southern Vermont. State police are asking the public to be aware and alert during this active and ongoing investigation.

The murders of a man and woman were reported Thursday afternoon, April 11, at a home on Plain Road in Hinsdale, a town on the New Hampshire border with Vermont near Vernon. 

A vehicle in which Shippee was believed to have been traveling was located Thursday night on Sak Road in Vernon, where the Shippee family owns property. Mr. Shippee remains at large.

The Vermont State Police has activated its Tactical Services Unit to assist in the search. Mr. Shippee should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who encounters him should not approach him and instead immediately call 911 or the Vermont State Police in Westminster at 802-722-4600.

Shippee is described as a white man, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. 

Questions about the murders should be directed to the New Hampshire State Police.

Updates will be issued when more information is available.