As a Vermont woman drove through a remote section of the state, her thoughts turned to the unsolved homicide of a young woman.
She asked Local 22 & Local 44 News to find out the latest on the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Denise Hart, whose remains were found Goshen in December 2015.
It’s an investigation that never leaves Dedre Robinson, Hart’s mother.
“She was a beautiful person. If you needed help and she had it, she would give it to you,” said Robinson. “She adored her son and her siblings. She was a sweetheart. If you knew Denise, you would love her.”
The love of Denise Hart’s life was her young son, Benny. Robinson is raising the six-year old at her home in Connecticut.
“A mother’s worst nightmare. The sad part is I still haven’t woken up from the nightmare because there’s no closure,” said Robinson.
Robinson and Hart spoke to each other every day. Robinson called police in January 2015 when she hadn’t heard from her daughter.
Later that month, police say, the car Hart was using was found burned at the Cornwall covered bridge.
Robinson went 11 long months without answers.
“I didn’t know if my daughter was tied up somewhere. I didn’t know if my daughter was dead in a hole,” said Robinson.
In December 2015, Hart’s remains were found off Route 73 in Goshen. The cause of dath was a gunshot wound to the head.
“Now I know my daughter no longer walks this earth. But now I need to know why my daughter doesn’t walk this earth anymore. Who did this? Why?” Robinson said. “To me, her case is on the back burner and I’ll never know and that’s unfair.”
Detective Sgt. Michael Notte with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit has been leading the Hart investigation.
“There’s still some unanswered questions that we need answered,” he said.
Notte says his team has taken trips to New York and Connecticut and worked with local and federal agencies. There have been a few persons of interest but no arrests. Notte says Hart probably knew her killer.
“We have a sense of what happened,” he explained. “Again, there will be a lot of just putting all the facts together and then making sure that you make the appropriate connection to the person who is responsible.”
Both Notte and Hart’s grieving mother want any information about Hart’s death to come to light.
“I can think of a number of crimes that have been solved because people didn’t think it was important but it was the final piece that mattered…We need the public’s help. I’ll be the first to admit that. We need someone to come forward,” said Notte.
Robinson also urged anyone with information to tell the police what they know.
“What you know might give them the answers to get this person off the street,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to pass it along to police.
You can submit a tip online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
Tips may be submitted anonymously through this form, or by texting keyword VTIPS to 274637 (CRIMES).
The St. Albans barracks can be reached by phone at 802-773-9101.
You can also contact any barracks or your local police department and the information will be passed along.