- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

GOSHEN, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say human remains found in Goshen are those of a Connecticut woman missing since January, and her death is being deemed a homicide.

Capt. J.P. Sinclair of the major crime unit says the chief medical examiner’s office positively identified the remains Thursday as those of 24-year-old Denise Hart of Hartford, Connecticut.

She was last seen Jan. 25 leaving a friend’s home in Sudbury and was reported missing on Jan. 31.

Authorities say her death has been ruled a homicide, but did not reveal how she died.

The remains were found Tuesday off the edge of Gap Road by a member of the public.

Police have long suspected foul play in her disappearance. The borrowed car she was driving the night she was last seen was found on fire the next day at the Cornwall Bridge fishing access in Cornwall.

State police dive team in March used sonar and an unmanned underwater robot to search the icy creek near where the vehicle was found.

Although a Connecticut resident, Hart had ties to Rutland and Addison counties in Vermont.

Police have asked anyone with information about the case or who was travelling in the area of Swamp Road in Cornwall between midnight and 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 to call Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.

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