Lowell Sun

June 3, 2004

News Digest

Husband says he killed missing Vt. woman

HYDE PARK, Vt. (AP) The husband of a Johnson woman missing since last week has confessed to killing her, police said last evening. Earlier in the day investigators discovered the body of a woman but officials said they could not positively identify it as that of Jodie Whitney. Investigators are looking for links among the cases of two other missing women from the region. In February Maura Murray, a University of Massachusetts student, disappeared after a traffic accident in Haverhill, N.H., about 75 miles from Johnson. In March, Brianna Maitland of Sheldon disappeared after leaving her job in Montgomery, about 25 miles from Johnson.