RUTLAND (AP) -- A Sheffield man "was confessing to part of the murder" of a Sheffield woman who police believe was abducted from her home in 2010 when he stopped cooperating with authorities, a Vermont State Police detective testified on Wednesday.
Det. Jason Letourneau said Michael Norrie, 22, talked to investigators several times after the body of 78-year-old Mary "Pat" O’Hagan was found by hunters in a remote area 10 miles from her Sheffield home on Oct. 3, 2010, the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/Xl0p0h) reported. In one of those interviews, Norrie, who was being investigated in an unrelated firearms case, made incriminating remarks, Letourneau said. Authorities say evidence prompted them to question Norrie about the crime.
"He was confessing to part of the murder, and shortly after, he decided he didn’t want to answer any more questions," Letourneau said in U.S. District Court in Rutland.
Norrie is in custody awaiting trial on charges of being a convicted drug user in possession of a stolen gun and having and then selling or trading the gun.
No one has been charged in O’Hagan’s killing. A year later, police said they believed more than one person was involved.
Neither police nor Norrie’s defense attorney would say Wednesday if Norrie is a suspect or person of interest in the case.
"We haven’t excluded anybody at this point. It’s still being actively investigated," Maj. Ed Ledo told The Burlington Free Press.