By Guy Page
One of the four bodies found dead in Vermont woods in the last week belonged to an accused Barre fentanyl dealer.
The body of Jeffrey Caron, 42, of Barre was found by hunters in the woods along Gore Road at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27. The cause of his death was determined to be a gunshot wound, and the manner of death is a homicide, state police say.
Police say Caron was one of two men arrested for fentanyl trafficking October 13. After a lengthy investigation, Barre City officers raided an apartment at the 400 block of North Main Street in Barre. Jonie Bresett, 51, and Jeffrey Caron, 42, both of Barre were found with 22.77 grams of crack cocaine, 7 bindles of fentanyl, .59 grams of bulk fentanyl, and $3,500 cash. Both were charged with fentanyl trafficking, sale of cocaine, dispensing out of a dwelling, and possession of a regulated drug.
Caron was cited to appear in court at a later date. Bresett was taken into custody and arraigned before a judge and subsequently released on conditions.
Another of the victims also was a Barre resident. Tanairy “Tanya” Velazquez Estrada, 23, a Fitchburg MA native who lived most recently in Barre, was found in the woods in the Orange County town of Washington Wednesday, October 26. Police say the manner of death is ‘suspicious’ but are withholding more information, pending results of an October 27 autopsy and toxicology testing.
Velazquez Estrada was reported missing by her mother to police in Fitchburg on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Velazquez Estrada’s mother said she had not heard from her daughter in more than a week. Fitchburg police contacted law enforcement in Vermont at about the same time the victim’s body was discovered in the town of Washington.
The bodies of two young Massachusetts men killed by gunshot, Jahim Solomon of Chicopee and Eric White of Pittsfield, were located along the Albany-Eden Road on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 25. Like Estrada, the pair’s disappearance was reported by concerned family members in Massachusetts.