[Hpn] Police investigate untimely death of James Ferrin a homeless man in Vermont

William Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Wed, 10 Sep 2003 10:41:03 -0400


Cots Director Rita Markley et al:

Please keep us advocates informed of developments on this case.

Thank you.

A Brother In The Struggle

William "Bill"Tinker
www.newhampshirehomeless.org
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Police continue to investigate death of homeless man
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - State and local police are trying to locate people
who lived in an area frequented by the homeless in hopes of finding more
about the death of a 40-year-old homeless man.
The body of James Ferrin, 40, was found Sunday near Interstate 189. His
death has been ruled suspicious.
Ferrin's death has shaken the homeless community.
"There's loss and concern, and I would say borderline fear," said Wanda
Hines, director of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
Many are sad as well since many of them knew Ferrin and his wife, Jenna,
Hines said.
The state police, who are leading the investigation because Ferrin was found
on state land, have released no other information about the case.
The wooded area is on the south side of the exit ramp off Interstate 189
onto Shelburne Road. The triangle of land is also bordered by the unused
part of the Southern Connector and the Shelburne Road bridge over I-189.
Police are looking for people who were living there at the time to find out
if they know anything about Ferrin's death, said South Burlington Detective
Paul Edwards, who is assisting with the investigation.
"We're just trying to locate all the people who lived there," he said.
Miklos Majtenyi and a friend found Ferrin's body Sunday when they went to
the spot to drink beer, Majtenyi said. He said Ferrin, whom he didn't know,
was lying face down in the brook.
The Ferrins ate breakfast at the food shelf most days, Hines said. They
always sat in the same spot near the corner and got along well with the
other diners.
"They were always together," she said of the couple. "They were trying to
survive."
Police dropped off a picture Monday of one of the men they are trying to
locate for questioning, Hines said. She said she and her staff didn't
recognize the man as a regular, but police said he has used homeless
services in the area.
Hines said police told her they were looking for the man because he might
have witnessed a murder.


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