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Rita Curran

Rita Curran

17 Brookes Avenue, Burlington, VT
24 year-old female
Burlington Police Department / Vermont State Police - Major Crime Unit
Case numbers: 362-679 / 362-677


Update - February 2023: Through continued investigation and advances in DNA analysis, the Burlington Police Department have conclusively identified the offender in this homicide and have closed the case. A neighbor of Curran’s, William DeRoos, was responsible for her death. He had passed away before being identified as the offender.

On July 20th, 1971 the body of Rita Curran (24 years of age) was discovered in her Brookes Avenue home.  Curran was discovered by her roommate an apparent victim of a homicide. 

Curran’s death was ruled a homicide by the Chief Medical Examiner and the case remains open and unsolved.

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