Body found in parked van at Williston Walmart in 2020 identified; no foul play suspected

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WILLISTON, Vt. – A body found in June 2020 in the back of a van parked at the Walmart in Williston has been identified through DNA.

Police say the victim is 61-year old Bruce W. Aldrich. His decomposed body was found in his 1996 Dodge Ram, which police said had been parked there for a month before reports of a foul odor alerted store employees and authorities.

Chief Patrick Foley of the Williston Police Department said the cause of death is considered undetermined due to the condition of the body.

“We do not believe foul play was involved,” Foley said. “It looked like he went to bed that night or that day or laid down on the bed inside his van and passed away.”

Foley said he learned Aldrich had been sick prior to his death and that he was well known within the community.

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