BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A Caledonia County prosecutor confirmed last week that officials are reviewing the death of 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan, a former Chelmsford resident, for possible murder charges, according to WCAX.com.
O'Hagan, an active widow who lived alone in the rural town of Sheffield, Vt., was reported missing Sept. 11, 2010 by a friend who arrived to pick her up at her home for a rug-hooking meeting. Her body was found more than three weeks later by hunters in a wooded area in Wheelock, about 10 miles from her home.
Suspects in her killing, including Michael Norrie, 23, surfaced in a separate federal investigation into the illegal sale of firearms.
According to federal court documents in that case, Norrie told authorities he was with two other Vermont men on the night of O'Hagan's death, telling the feds that he, Richard Fletcher and Keith Baird "did a bunch of crystal meth" and they wanted to get more money for drugs, so they allegedly killed O'Hagan during a robbery attempt, WCAX.com reports.
Despite admissions of involvement, state prosecutors have said they don't have enough evidence to go to trial, but assured the public there is no statute of limitations on murder. Vermont's attorney general reiterated that last week, saying his office doesn't have enough evidence to successfully bring murder charges yet.
But now,state's attorney for Caledonia County, Lisa Warren, told WCAX News the case is still actively being investigated and is currently under further review.
Warren said her office may seek criminal charges in the fatal shooting of O'Hagan, depending on what the review turns up, WCAX reports.
She declined to comment on whether Bennington County State's Attorney Erica Marthage is taking over or assisting with the case. But Warren said generally in a case of this magnitude, it is a professional courtesy to assist each other, when offices are understaffed and under-resourced, WCAX reports.