Police investigate possible suicide of Barre man in St. J prison

The Vermont State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of an inmate at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury. Michael Dupont, 36, of Barre City was found in his cell by Department of Corrections staff at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. He was given emergency care by DOC staff and subsequently transported by ambulance to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations were notified and responded to perform a death investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates the death was a suicide. The investigation into the details and circumstances surrounding the death is ongoing. An autopsy is being performed at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington. There is no evidence of foul play.

A Michael C. Dupont, 35, of Barre was arrested in June for DUI, third offense, according to the Orange County Observer. It is not known at this time if this Michael Dupont is the same individual mentioned above.

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