|Submitted||Feb. 19, 2018|
Hey Community, this is my first attempt at covering the costs associated with the recent request to free up the files, documents and footage associated with a missing person investigation in 1993 which happened in Montpelier Vermont! I am producing a podcast focused specifically on this story and there is ample material here!
I am willing to work in cooperation with anyone interested and I truly believe this story/mystery is solvable.
I don’t have the upfront funds to cover the cost to have the Vermont attorneys general redact and release these files and I need your help or advice!!
Thank you in advance and feel free to reach out to me regarding my request!
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Vermont public records law (1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320), I hereby request the following records:
any and all files, information, data, photos, investigative notes, logs, presentations, communications, written notes, documentation, documents, official emails, any and all public outreach media or print media and officer identification information associated with the August. 21st (1993) disappearance and subsequent missing persons investigation & or person in danger investigation of Audrey Groat, then 41 year old female and Northfield Vermont resident who was last seen in or around the parking lot off of interstate 89 NB in Montpelier, United States , sometimes referred to as the Montpelier Park and Ride.
Simplified request language :
ANY AND ALL FILES/MATERIAL AND COMMUNICATIONS RELATED TO THE MISSING PERSON, INCLUDING ANY OTHER INVESTIGATIONS OF LEGALLY DECEASED INDIVIDUAL AND VERMONT RESIDENT NAMED BELOW:
21 AUGUST 1993
41 year old female
Please note that I am a journalist working on a in depth story and audio visual production which all of the requested information will be used in conjunction with. It will be made available in the reformed works of audio and visual investigative journalism and will be presented at no cost and I will not profit from the information obtained by this request!
I am well aware of the legal responsibility your department has to uphold in order to stay within the confines of this request and state law and I have worked on FOIA and VTFOIA requests many times in the past few years. I am well versed on the time table the State Of Vermont has afforded agencies to respond and to produce documents requested for the publics use and benefit / private for profit use is no different.
I would appreciate and encourage your agency to respond within the legal time frame afforded under the law in order to save us time and energy later on. I am more then glad to help answer or tweak this request if need be, please feel free to communicate with me about any changes or questions that need attention, explanations or changes for this request to proceed, even if those changes may be needed I expect a response within the legal timeframe afforded by the VSS and that of the greater FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) framework at a federal level.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.
Craig A.C. McDermott
Attached is our initial response to your public records request dated February 19, 2018. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Criminal Division Chief
Vermont Attorney General's Office
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
(802) 828-5517 (phone)
(802) 828-2154 (Fax)
An interim response, stating the request is being processed.
Please find attached the response to your public records request regarding the Audrey Groat matter.
Assistant Attorney General