Homicide remains unsolved after 34 years

Also, Newport cop killed 9/26/17 in immigration bust remembered

Bruce Isaacs, 28, was found deceased in a wooded area of the Little River State Park in Waterbury on September 26, 1988. 34 years later, police are still seeking information about the homicide. Isaacs was a transient at the time of his death and had been camping around the Little River State Park area at the time of this homicide.

Isaacs’ body was found by individuals who were clearing brush from the power company’s right of way. His death was determined to be a homicide, which remains unsolved. Anyone with any information on this case, or any other unsolved homicide, is asked to contact our Major Crimes Unit.

Today Vermont law enforcement professionals also remember Newport Police Department Officer Joseph Manogue, who was killed in the line of duty on September 26, 1917. Officer Manogue was shot and killed while assisting US Immigration officers with an arrest.

Two calendar days earlier in 1934, another Vermont law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty, state police say: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Otis Gross. Deputy Gross disappeared while attempting a civil collection on September 24, 1934. His remains were discovered two days later, he had been shot & killed in the line of duty.

For a complete list of the 28 known Vermont LEO’s who have died in the line of duty, see Officer Down Memorial Page.

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