Arrest made in 2019 demise of Ballston Spa lady


SEARSBURG, Vt. (NEWS10) — A Bennington guy has been arrested after a just about three-year investigation into the disappearance and demise of a Ballston Spa lady. Vermont State Police charged Deven Moffitt, 32, with 2d Stage Homicide within the killing of Jessica Hildenbrandt.

The investigation started in September 2019 after a person reported discovering a human jawbone at a gravel pit in Searsburg, Vt. DNA research known the stays as belonging to 43-year-old Hildenbrandt. Her demise was once dominated a murder in September 2020.

Jessica Hildenbrandt, 43, of Ballston Spa, New York. (Vermont State Police)

Consistent with police, Moffitt and Hildenbrandt have been in a dating whilst Moffitt was once in a Vermont prison on a prior conviction. Hildenbrandt informed the Windsor County State’s Lawyer’s Place of work and state police she feared for her existence if Moffitt have been launched from jail, however officers mentioned she stopped cooperating with the investigation.

After her stays have been discovered, VSP realized Hildenbrandt posted bail for Moffitt on July 8, 2019. She was once killed later that month.

Moffitt was once arrested Wednesday. Regulation enforcement from a couple of businesses tried to arrest him outdoor an condominium advanced on South Side road in Bennington when he ran from police. Two soldiers every fired one spherical however have been not able to forestall him. A chase ensued, and Moffitt was once in the long run tackled and arrested. No accidents have been reported.

Moffitt was once despatched to prison with out bail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

The investigation is ongoing. Someone with knowledge is requested to touch Detective Sgt. Samuel Truex on the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421 or by means of e mail at samuel.truex@vermont.gov. Pointers additionally will also be submitted anonymously on-line at  https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.



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