October 30, 2016
DPS-VSP press release/missing person Autumn Sanville located/16D002431
Vermont State Police Press Release
Missing Person Autumn Sanville
Autumn Sanville, 17, reported missing on October 6, 2016, was located earlier this afternoon.
Sanville was found at the Royalton residence of her boyfriend. The boyfriend, Shadoe Benson, 22, lives with his father in Royalton. When Benson’s father came home unexpectedly he found Sanville in his kitchen and made Benson contact the State Police.
Detectives contacted Shadoe Benson several times throughout this investigation, and he denied having knowledge of Sanville’s whereabouts. Benson claimed to not know Sanville was at the residence until she was found there by his father.
Sanville was uninjured and claimed to have spent the last three and a half weeks alone, camping with just a sleeping bag in the woods. She claimed she did this all on her own, no one assisted her, and that she subsisted on a diet of bread, jelly, river water, and goldfish crackers.
Despite her claims, Sanville was clean and dry, and her clothing and sleeping bag showed no signs of wear and tear or use in the woods.
Sanville said she threw her cell phone into the Connecticut River the day she went missing.