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Austin Colson and his girlfriend Katie Grizzaffi in an undated photograph. Colson was last seen Jan. 11, 2018. (Courtesy Katie Grizzaffi)

From this morning’s Valley News:

Data retrieved from cellphones and interviews with witnesses contradict the version of events provided to police by a suspect in the disappearance of 19-year-old Austin Colson, according to search warrant affidavits filed in connection with the investigation.


What had been a missing persons case became a homicide investigation last month when Colson’s remains were located in a dilapidated barn in Norwich. Autopsy results found he was shot in the head multiple times. He was last seen alive on Jan. 11.


In interviews, Richard Whitcomb, of Hartford, who has been identified in federal court documents as a suspect in Colson’s disappearance, told police that he never saw Colson on Jan. 11, according to the affidavits. He also told police that he traveled to Manchester that day to buy cocaine.


However, cellphone data and witness interviews contradict Whitcomb’s account in a number of significant ways, according to the affidavits obtained from Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction.

Continue reading at the Valley News website here.

Also, a GoFundMe has been set up for Colson’s family for his funeral expenses. As of this morning, $5,445 has been raised toward the $10,000 goal. The GoFundMe was set up by the family of Katie Grizzaffi, Colson’s girlfriend, and has been shared by Colson’s father, Dana Colson.