New Details Emerge in Middlesex Homicide Investigation

MIDDLESEX, Vt. - The nationwide man hunt for Randal Gebo ended Wednesday afternoon when a state trooper ran the plates of a cream colored mini cooper. Police say the car belonged to his girlfriend Cindy Cook, the victim of a homicide in Middlesex.

"My understanding is this was good, alert police work from a trooper that was doing his job every day and just being on patrol, running license plates like always do on patrol,” said Captain J.P. Sinclair, Vermont State Police.

The 61 year-old has not been charged with Cook’s murder, but police say he used her credit cards and car without her consent for days across the country. Gebo was due in federal court Thursday on charges of aggravated vehicle operation without owners consent and fraudulent use and possession of a credit card issued to another.

Local 22 & Local 44 News obtained a copy of the criminal complaint filed in federal court for Gebo, which was unsealed after his Wednesday arrest. Inside are details about what investigators found near Cook’s body, those items include a metal safety pin, painters tape, tie-down straps and coaxial wiring.

"Semantics aside he is a person of interest obviously in this homicide investigation which is as of yet uncharged,” said JP Sinclair, Vermont State Police Criminal Investigator.

Court documents show Cook had recently visited her sister, Candy Smith in Texas. Smith told police that her sister had issues with Gebo, but says she was never able to elaborate.

Police say Smith was the last person in contact with Cook on July 4th, eight days later her body was discovered by a woman walking her dog along Brook Road in Middlesex after the dog was attracted to a black belt.

Sinclair said, "It’s a daunting process when you don't know somebody to come out of the gates and understand what their life was up until the point of their death but that is what we are doing right now."

Cook’s cell phone is still missing. Investigators say it’s last communication with a cell tower was in Grand Isle County.

Cook's dog, a dachshund called ‘Honeybee’ has been missing and reportedly seen in Middlesex. On Wednesday, police focused on the Shady Rill picnic area near the Wrightsville reservoir where there have been sightings of the dog.

"That particular area is 13 some odd miles from where she lived so it’s hard to believe the dog left all the way from barre and came all the way over here in Middlesex as a stray,” said Sinclair.

Investigators say it's still unclear as to how or where Cook died. Cook's whereabouts between July 4th and July 12th are unknown.

Sinclair said, "We believe through our work with the medical examiner that she died somewhere else and was left there where she was ultimately found."

Investigators say Gebo left his dog with a ‘close acquaintance’ on July 6th, three days after police say anyone had contact with the victim, Cindy Cook who was Gebo’s girlfriend.

Court documents show Gebo told a close acquaintance that he was leaving town for 15 days, seeking chemotherapy at the VA clinic in Boston because he had cancer.

Investigators later determined that the 61 year-old never went for treatment and wasn't registered in the clinic's system. Instead, detectives say Gebo left Vermont in Cook's car and used her credit card several times in Vermont and across the county.

Police tracked the credit card use up until his arrest Wednesday:

July 6th: Northfield Savings Bank (Barre, VT)
- Police identified Gebo driving Cook’s car in surveillance footage.

July 6th: Northfield Savings Bank (Montpelier, VT)

July 7th: Mid Penn Bank (Frackville, VT)

July 7th: Kroeger's Grocery (Christiansburg, VA)

July 7th: Lee's Food Mart (Bulls Gap, TN)

July 14th: Exit 44 Quick Mart (West Prescott, AR)

July 15th: Perry, Oklahoma

July 16th: Buffalo, Wyoming

July 20th: Arrested in Downers Grove, Illinois

Sinclair said, "We believe through our work with the medical examiner that she died somewhere else and was left there where she was ultimately found."

Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit detectives are working closely with prosecutors and the Illinois State Police in furtherance of this investigation.

Police thanked all of those who have come forward with information and continue to ask for the public’s assistance with information regarding this investigation.

The homicide investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact Major Crime Unit detectives at 802-229-9191.


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