- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2006

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The body of a University of Vermont woman missing for nearly a week was recovered in a town east of downtown on Friday and the chief suspect in her slaying was arrested on unrelated charges, the police chief said.

Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, of Arlington, Va., has been missing since early Saturday morning when she was last seen walking from downtown toward her university dormitory.

Police have been focused on a man whose cellular telephone she borrowed as she walked and Burlington Police Chief Thomas Tremblay said that man, Brian Rooney, 36, of Richmond, had been arrested.

Gardner-Quinn’s body was recovered along a road near Huntington Gorge, a popular swimming spot in Richmond.

Rooney has not been charged in connection with Gardner-Quinn’s disappearance or slaying, Tremblay said. He’s charged with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. He’s due in court on those charges next week in Caledonia County, about 80 miles east of Burlington, where the crimes allegedly occurred, Tremblay said.

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