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Police name suspect in 2018 double-murder in Woodbury

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 4:25 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2021 at 6:27 PM EST
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WOODBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - After a yearslong investigation, Vermont state police have identified a suspect in a double-murder in Woodbury.

Police are charging Manuel Gomez, 32, of Hartford, Connecticut, with aggravated murder and arson.

Gomez is accused of fatally shooting two people and then setting their houses on fire to cover up the crime.

It’s been three years since police found Carol Fradette, 29, and David Thompson, 48, dead inside their homes on Bliss Road in Woodbury.

Now, police say Manuel Gomez is responsible.

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The extensive investigation began on Oct. 30, 2018.

Two separate houses on the same property were set on fire.

Police found a body in each-- one was Fradette, the other was Thompson.

Police determined Fradette, Thompson, and their three dogs were shot and killed.

They say they now believe the fires were intended to conceal the homicides.

Investigators say they learned Gomez was selling large quantities of heroin to Thompson, who may have owed Gomez as much as $20,000.

Police say digital evidence shows Gomez drove from Connecticut to the Woodbury property on the night of the crime.

They say Gomez has denied involvement in the homicides but they say his statements contradict the evidence against him.

Gomez is currently in custody in Otisville, New York, on an unrelated federal conviction for illegal possession of a firearm.

He’s scheduled to be released next week, which is when he will be extradited to Vermont and arrested on these charges.

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