Police: South Burlington remains connected to Colchester robberies

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Shawn M. Carter (Photo courtesy of South Burlington PD)

Shawn M. Carter (Photo courtesy of South Burlington PD)

Police have identified the human remains found in South Burlington earlier this week as Shawn M. Carter, a Shelburne man wanted in connection with two local robberies.

Carter was wanted in connection with robberies at the Rite Aid Pharmacy and Simon’s Four Corners Store, a Colchester Police Department press release said last Friday. Both Colchester locations were burglarized earlier this month.

According to another CPD press release issued today, police identified the 32-year-old male’s remains with a fingerprint examination and were assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service and Burlington Police.

Carter’s remains were first found in the woods by Patchen and Arbor Roads in South Burlington on Monday after a resident in the area believed they smelled a gas leak, police said. A Vermont Gas employee was dispatched to the site and recognized the odor as decomposition; he then located the remains in the woods, South Burlington Police said.

Though officers were unable to ID the remains at the scene, they located evidence they say is consistent with drug use and noted Carter may have accidentally overdosed, a press release said. There were no immediate signs of foul play.

The remains were transported to the chief medical examiner’s office where an autopsy was conducted this week, identifying Carter as the deceased individual.

The Chittenden Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Carter late last week in connection with the Sept. 12 and 16 robberies in Colchester, a CPD press release said.

Cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results and the final medical examiner’s report, South Burlington PD said this morning.