EXCLUSIVE: Person of Interest in Middlesex Homicide Headed Back to Vermont

COLCHESTER, Vt. - A Washington County man, arrested three weeks ago in Illinois as part of an investigation into the killing of a Barre woman, still has not made it back to Vermont to face criminal charges.

Randal Gebo is wanted on federal charges of stealing the car owned by Cindy Cook, of Barre, and using her debit card after fleeing Vermont. Her body was found July 12 in Middlesex.

Gebo was stopped by an Illinois State Police trooper on July 19 just outside of Chicago.

Police say Gebo, 61, was behind the wheel of a 2009 Mini Cooper owned by Cook, 59, of Barre. Cook’s body was found in a secluded area off Brook Road in Middlesex on July 12, police said. Her death was ruled a homicide. State police have not released a cause of death.

Police tracked Gebo across the country through use of Cook’s debit card. Court documents say the card was used in several states, including Frackville, Pennsylvania; West Prescott, Arkansas; Perry, Oklahoma; and Buffalo, Wyoming.

Following the July 19 traffic stop, Gebo was transported to Kane County Jail and was then taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Patrick Gengler, spokesperson for the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

Nobody has been charged with the homicide in Vermont. Police have named Gebo a ‘person of interest.’

During his initial appearance July 20 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Gebo waived his right to an identity hearing. A judge directed that he was “to remain in custody until further order of the court.”

Gebo was jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago until three days ago. It was unclear when he would arrive back in Vermont to face the federal charges.

Deputy U.S. Marshal John Curtis, a supervisor in Burlington, told Local 22/Local 44 he was unable to shed light on Gebo’s transfer.

“We don’t discuss any transportation of federal inmates to anybody—it’s a security issue—it’s our policy and procedures,” Curtis said in a phone interview.

The U.S. Marshals Service helps transport federal inmates by plane or bus. Curtis said Gebo will make multiple stops, and be lodged at federal prisons throughout the country until his return to Vermont.

Curtis said he would be back in Vermont 'shortly.'

Gebo was appointed an attorney in Chicago, Holly Blaine, because he was unable to afford one, records show.

When reached by email, Blaine said she couldn’t offer much additional information beyond what was already known from public records.

“I appeared in front of Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert with Mr. Gebo on July 20th and his case will be transferred to the District of Vermont. I will not be representing him in the transferred case, he will be appointed a new counsel in Vermont,” Blaine wrote.


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