By Gregory J. Lamoureux
UPDATE: Police announced just after 3pm on Tuesday afternoon that they have located Joseph Ferlazzo at a convenience store in St. Albans. Law enforcement officers are now interviewing him about the case. Members of the Vermont State Police are not identifying him as a suspect or person of interest at this time.
The Vermont State Police were notified of a missing female on Monday after the family of 22-year-old Emily Ferlazzo was reported missing by her New Hampshire family. At the time, police were pointed to the Bolton area where Ferlazzo and her husband Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, were staying at an AirBnB.
Joseph told police that Emily got out of the vehicle and began walking on U.S. Route 2, while Joseph continued driving to a local store. He later returned to the area only to find that Emily was nowhere to be found.
Emily was wearing white sneakers, ripped blue jeans, and a long-sleeved black shirt when she was last seen by her husband, according to police. She is described as a white female, about 5 feet tall, and weighing about 125 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.
On Tuesday, the Vermont State Police continued its investigation into her missing person case. The disappearance is considered suspicious and there are concerns for Mrs. Ferlazzo’s welfare.
Emily’s husband, Joseph, told her family in New Hampshire that the couple had been staying at a vacation rental in Bolton.
Vermont State Police spokesperson Adam Silverman released additional information on Tuesday, where he said that Police have learned that Joseph and Emily were in an argument while in their camper van traveling on the Bolton Valley Access Road at about 1 pm Saturday. He further stated that she had left the vehicle and began walking along U.S. Route 2. Mr. Ferlazzo told the family that he proceeded to a convenience store in Bolton, and when he returned to the area where he had last seen Mrs. Ferlazzo, she was gone.
Mrs. Ferlazzo’s family reported her disappearance to the Vermont State Police at about 7:15 pm on Monday, Oct. 18, as soon as they were made aware that she was missing. The Vermont State Police immediately began an investigation that has expanded from the Bolton area to include locations in Enosburgh and St. Albans.
According to Silverman, members of the state police would like to speak to Mr. Ferlazzo, as he may have information that could be helpful to the investigation, but have been unable to locate him. He was reported to have last been seen by a friend Monday night in St. Albans, near the location where the camper van was found on a property belonging to another friend of Mr. Ferlazzo’s. State Police are also working to determine when Mrs. Ferlazzo was last seen by someone other than her husband.
Mr. Ferlazzo is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair, a nose piercing, and multiple tattoos. He was last seen wearing a dark gray three-quarter-zip sweater.
The couple’s dog, a medium-sized mix breed named Remington, is also missing.
The Vermont State Police investigation is in its early stages and includes members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Major Crime Unit, Crime Scene Search Team, Victim Services Unit, and uniformed troopers from the Field Force Division. In addition, VSP is coordinating with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office, and police in New Hampshire.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Emily or Joseph Ferlazzo that may in any way be relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in St. Albans at 802-524-5993. If you have information that you want to submit anonymously, police have a method to do that as well by going to http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
The County Courier will continue to follow this case and update our readers as more information becomes available.