#MISSING: Denise L. Hart, 25 - Sudbury, VERMONT (possible foul play - known to use the names Tiffany and Chookie)

Vermont State Police are now saying "there is a strong indication of foul play" in the mysterious disappearance of a Hartford, Conn,. woman from the tiny Rutland County town of Sudbury.
Denise L. Hart, 25, was last seen leaving a friend's home in Sudbury during the evening hours of Jan. 25, police said.
Police had declined to return phone calls and offered limited information until Friday evening.
Police now say the car Hart borrowed from an acquaintance the evening of Jan. 25 was found burning during the early morning hours of Jan. 26 at the Cornwall Covered Bridge fishing access on Swamp Road.
The Cornwall Fire Department found the 2001 Silver Pontiac Grand AM fully engulfed in flames, Major Glenn Hall, commander of the criminal division, said in a news release.
The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined, but is considered suspicious, Hall told the Burlington Free Press. The state police fire investigation unit is assisting in the case.
He said investigators are now interested in speaking with anyone that traveled near Swamp Road in Cornwall between midnight and 2 a.m. Jan. 26.
Cornwall is two towns north of Sudbury, which has a population of about 560. Sudbury is bordered on the east by Brandon and Orwell on the west.
Detective Sgt Julie Scribner, who is assigned to the New Haven barracks, said in a Feb. 1 news release Hart was reported missing about 12:20 p.m. Jan. 31.
Scribner said Hart is known to have connections to both Rutland and Addison counties, and also the Hartford, Conn., area.
Hart also is known to use the names Tiffany and Chookie.
Hall said detectives have been scrambling since getting the late-reporting missing persons complaint. A team of detectives continues to seek the circumstances surrounding Hart's disappearance, Hall said.
He said detectives have conducted numerous interviews with people who may have had contact with Hart in the weeks and months before her disappearance.
Hall said a search was conducted Wednesday on an undisclosed property in the town of Sudbury. Members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team, the Search & Rescue Team, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department did a land search, while the U.S. Border Patrol did an air search.
Anybody with information is asked to call state police in New Haven at 388-4919, Scribner said in her release.
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