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Case File 375DMVT

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Russ Bovit
Missing since May 6, 1986 from Walden, Caledonia County, Vermont.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Bovit was last seen on his dairy farm in Walden, Vermont on May 6, 1986.
His car, a light blue 1974 Renault, was spotted a day later, stuck in some mud about four miles away from The Last Resort Farm where he lived, on a back road leading to Cole's Pond, near the Walden-Danville town line.
People living in the area near where the car was left abandoned did not report it to police immediately because they thought it had been left by a drunken driver.
When they realized no one was coming to retrieve the Renault, they called police.
Blood was found on the passenger side of the car as well as in the trunk. However, there wasn't any sign of Russ.
Blood also was found on his mattress, which had been flipped to hide the stains. The blood matched the blood found in the car.

The last time Russ was seen by anyone was about 21.00 on May 6, 1986 when he was watching television at home. Earlier that day, he had been seen at Lyndon State College where he was a part-time student. Russ had scheduled an appointment for 08.00 the following morning with a real estate agent to talk about purchasing a condominium in Stowe. He never made it.

Police were notified on May 11, 1986 that Russ had disappeared.
The night he disappeared, he left behind his wallet, credit cards, belongings, clothing and a large sum of money. Police believe robbery was not the intention and that Russ met with foul play.

Bovit's parents hired a submarine to search Lake Willoughby multiple times after a man in prison told police the Bovit's body was in a U-Haul trailer at the bottom of the lake.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Vermont State Police
Troop B Criminal Division

NCIC Number: M-197911888
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Vermont State Police
The Caledonian-Record News
Burlington Free Press
wcax 4/30/08

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