Missing teen found at boyfriend’s home


Autumn Sanville

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This evening, Vermont State Police advised that, earlier this afternoon, Autumn Sanville, 17, who was reported missing on Oct. 6, 2016, was found at the residence of her boyfriend, Shadoe Benson.

Benson, 22, lives with his father in Royalton and, according to police, Benson’s father came home unexpectedly and found Autumn in his kitchen. Benson’s father – who was unnamed in the police report – had Benson contact the State Police.

Police say that Autumn was uninjured and claimed to have spent the last three and a half weeks camping alone.

During that time, according to the VSP report, Autumn was living in the woods with just a sleeping bag and subsisting on bread, jelly, river water and goldfish crackers. Autumn told police she had done this on her own, without assistance and had thrown her cellphone into the Connecticut River on the day she disappeared.

Despite her claims, police found that Autumn was clean and dry, and her clothing and sleeping bag showed no signs of wear and tear or use in the woods.

As previously reported, detectives contacted Shadoe Benson several times throughout this investigation, and he denied having knowledge of Autumn’s whereabouts.  Benson claimed to not know that Autumn was at the home until she was found there by his father.

Autumn was reportedly last seen on Oct. 6 getting into a car at Hoyt’s Landing in Springfield. A vigil was held for her there on Oct. 23.

Tonight, Autumn has returned home with her parents.  State Police are continuing looking into this as a criminal investigation. Anyone with further information about where Autumn has been can contact detectives at 802-722-4600.

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