Vernon police solve 2-year cold case, identify skeletal remains found in woods

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH)–Police in Vernon have identified the skeletal remains of a woman found in Vernon in 2013, closing a cold case they’d been working on since then.

Vernon police said a man out for a walk stumbled upon a skull in the woods off of West Street in Vernon back in 2013.

They’ve identified the remains as belonging to Carol Shapiro, who was 43 years old when she went missing from her Manchester home in 2007.

“Carol Shapiro’s death appears to be untimely and no foul play is suspected,” said Detective James Grady of the Vernon Police Department.

Police said Shapiro had a history of mental illness.

“She had mental anguish, and a history of this type of behavior, and there’s nothing that’s been uncovered that shows nefarious activity,” Captain Christopher Davis of Manchester police said.

The Vernon police department worked closely with Manchester PD, and detectives were able to identify Shapiro through DNA analysis.

Residents said there was relief in knowing that this was an isolated incident.

“I believe in the police department, and I know they work very hard to solve things,” said Vernon resident Sally Whitham.

“I think police really do their job, a very good police force in Vernon, and I have lot of respect for the people and their work,” said Art Aubin, also of Vernon.

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