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Body Identified As That of Missing Grandmother; Police Call It Murder

October 06, 2010

SHEFFIELD – A body found by Vermont bird hunters has been identified as a 78-year-old Vermont grandmother reported missing Sept. 11. Police say she was murdered.


By Vermont State Police/AP

Pat O’Hagan, who had nine grandchildren and lived alone in Sheffield, was “forcibly removed” from her home, police said without saying more about how she was abducted or killed, the Associated Press writes. Her body was found Sunday in the woods about 10 miles from home.

O’Hagan was active in her town of 700, including being president of the Sheffield Historical Society. She was also an avid kayaker and solo camper.

“We’re just all very sad,” said Greg Bryant, who worked with her at the local food pantry. “There’s a huge hole in the community. It’s a small community, and she was a big part of it.”

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