Police investigate ‘suspicious’ death at Rutland apartment building

Brian Kilcullen
Rutland Police Chief Brian Kilcullen in front of the police department. File photo by Andrew Kutches/VTDigger

Police said they were investigating a suspicious death at an apartment in Rutland and were seeking to speak with a tenant who lived there.

Rutland City Police said in a news release that the investigation into the death in the upstairs apartment at 76 Baxter St. began around 4:45 a.m. Sunday.

Police Chief Brian Kilcullen said late Monday afternoon that he was awaiting information on the cause and circumstances of death, as well as confirmation of the person’s identity from the doctor’s office. Burlington Chief Medical Examiner, where the body was taken for an autopsy.

In a press release on Monday morning, police said “following our ongoing investigation, we are seeking to verify the wellbeing and speak with Bradley Saldi.”

Kilcullen later said Saldi was a tenant of the flat where the corpse was on Sunday, but “he was not at the scene.” He’s a person of interest, in the sense that he’s someone you want to talk to for that reason, because he’s the tenant.

The police chief said a person encountered by police in a “completely unrelated” incident alerted authorities to the body in the flat.

“Upon encountering this individual, it was communicated to police that there was a deceased person inside the residence,” Kilcullen said, declining to provide any further details about that person or the nature. of the encounter with the police.

Kilcullen also did not provide details on why police believed the death was suspicious, stating only “just the condition of the deceased”.

The police chief said he wasn’t sure how long the body had been in the apartment. “We reacted as soon as we became aware of it,” he said.

Kilcullen said people had complained about drug-related activity in the building in the past. “It’s an address we know,” he said. “We are investigating these complaints.”

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