Man allegedly kept body of missing woman in shed

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POULTNEY — Police say as they searched for several days for a missing Fair Haven woman, Wayne Oddo knew where she was and never said a word.

Wednesday evening, police said, they found the body of Alexandra Rooker, 26, on Oddo's property on Morse Hollow Road in Poultney. She had been reported missing March 8.

Police said they found her remains in a shed a short distance from Oddo's home when they raided the residence, armed with a federal search warrant.

Oddo, 53, has not been charged in Rooker's death, though he is being questioned in her disappearance. Prosecutors did charge Oddo on Thursday with a federal drug and firearm offense, arguing in court papers that he should be detained pending his trial.

Alexandra Rooker

"Perhaps most disturbing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathanael Burris wrote in the filing, "the defendant was aware that the body of a deceased young female was wrapped in a tarp in a shed on the premises of his residence for approximately one full week, and yet took no action to alert law enforcement or medical personnel."

"The level of disregard for human life inherent in this behavior is indicative of his dangerousness and the degree to which drug use is a motivating factor for the defendant's action," the prosecutor added.

Burris alleged that in addition to Oddo using deadly drugs, like opiates, he was providing housing to people who sell them.

"In the midst of this, he was in possession of various firearms," Burris wrote. "The combination of these drugs and firearms is dangerous."

An autopsy by the state's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is planned to determine the cause and manner of Rooker's death, according to police.

Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations have been looking into Rooker's disappearance since receiving the report last week. She was last seen by friends in Poultney on March 3, police said.

Oddo's 2 -story home is on a dirt road about 4 miles from Route 140. Two troopers were at the scene Thursday morning providing security, one blocking a long driveway leading to the home and the other on the road looking down on the residence.

A state police crime scene vehicle was also parked in the driveway Thursday morning.

There was no activity outside the home, and no one was inside.

Oddo was scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday afternoon in federal court in Burlington.

No other information was immediately available. Federal prosecutors declined to comment Thursday.

It was not immediately known if Oddo had an attorney.

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