UPDATE: 3 arrested after human remains found in Highgate

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UPDATE: 6:45 a.m.; Tuesday, May 8th

The man and woman that police were still looking for in connection with a homicide in Highgate have been arrested this morning.

Vermont State Police say they joined officers from South Burlington, Shelburne and the FBI to arrest Erika Guttilla, 31, and Corey Cassani, 28.

Authorities arrested them without incident at about 1:30 this morning following a traffic stop on Route 7 in South Burlington, just north of the Shelburne town line.

Erika Guttilla is being held without bail on a murder charge; Cassani’s bail is set at $25,000 for serving as an accessory after the fact. They’re expected to be arraigned at 1:00 this afternoon in St. Albans.


Discovery of human remains over the weekend lead to a Highgate woman’s arrest.

The remains were found in a wooded area Saturday by two people walking their dogs on Darlene Drive.

An investigation by Vermont State Police identified the body as Troy Ford, 35, of 161 Charles Circle, Highgate.

Troopers say Ford lived there with Michael and Carmen Guttilla and he was in a relationship with their daughter, Erika Guttilla, 31.

They say Erika shot and killed Ford several months ago and her mother along with a third person, Corey Cassani, 28, also of Highgate, were involved.

Carmen Guttilla, 60, was arrested Sunday night without incident.

She is facing a charge of aiding in the commission of a felony. She is being held without bail and will be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Erika Guttilla and Corey Cassani.

The car they were believed to be using was found in Swanton.

Erika Guttilla is a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair.

Corey Cassani is a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

They should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the case should call Vermont State Police.

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