Missing Vt. Student’s Body Recovered

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The body of a University of Vermont student was found along a rural road Friday, and police said they were questioning a man who lent her his cell phone on the night she vanished nearly a week ago.

Michelle Gardner-Quinn’s body was discovered east of downtown near a popular swimming spot in the town of Richmond, Burlington Police Chief Thomas Tremblay said.

The 21-year-old senior had become separated from her friends when she borrowed Brian Rooney’s phone to call them as she walked up heavily traveled Main Street, which runs between downtown and the campus.

Rooney, 36, of Richmond, has been the focus of the investigation since he was recorded on a jewelry store surveillance camera with her at about 2:30 a.m., Tremblay said.

Rooney has not been charged in connection with Gardner-Quinn’s case, Tremblay said. He was arrested to face charges of sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in Caledonia County, about 80 miles east of Burlington, Tremblay said.

The police chief described the investigation as a kidnapping probe and he repeated authorities’ plea for help. He said an autopsy was scheduled.

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