Investigation Remains Ongoing
An autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington has determined the cause and manner of death for Austin Colson.
The cause is listed as gunshot wounds to the head. The manner is listed as homicide, said authorities in a press release.
The Vermont State Police investigation into Colson’s disappearance and death is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933.
Colson, 19, was last seen at his residence, 224 Rainbow St. in Royalton, on Jan. 11, 2018. Colson was believed to have made plans to collect scrap metal that day. The following week, the utility trailer Colson was believed to have been using was found abandoned on Downer Road in Sharon. The trailer was partially loaded with scrap metal.
During renewed search efforts May 23, 2018, crews located human remains at 714 Beaver Meadow Rd. in the town of Norwich. The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office later positively identified the remains as those of Colson.