Medical Examiner rules St. George woman’s death on July 4 was suicide

By Mike Donoghue and Lisa Scagliotti

The shooting death of a young St. George woman has been ruled a suicide by the office of Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner.

Pamela E. Price, 24, died the night of July 4 as she prepared to go to a holiday barbecue at the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department, where she had been a popular firefighter and emergency responder for five years, officials said.

She died from a gunshot wound to her head at her mobile home on Hemlock Road, Dr. Elizabeth A. Bundock, deputy chief medical examiner, said in an updated death certificate filed on Friday afternoon.

A preliminary version of the death certificate listed the manner of death as “pending investigation” while Vermont State Police looked into the incident to determine whether Price’s death was the result of homicide, suicide or accident. State police Friday said they had no further information to share regarding the investigation.

Price left behind two small children: a 4-year-old daughter, and a 3-month-old son; parents, siblings, step-parents and step-siblings.

Price’s mother, Kim Davis of Shelburne, said she was disappointed with the official conclusion. “While we appreciate all the hard work, time and effort that the Vermont State Police have put into the investigation, we are stunned and dismayed with the official determination,” Davis said.

Family and friends of Price say they find it hard to believe that the mother of two would have taken her own life. “We her family, friends, coworkers and community have known Pamela for 24 years. We have seen every day, watched her with her children, witnessed her excitement over her career advancement, and heard her future plans,” Davis said. “We know how truly thrilled she was at this time of her life as she shared those moments with each of us.”

A 2011 graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School, she had been attending Champlain College and had started a new job at Aspen Dental in Williston in late May.

5 Responses to "Medical Examiner rules St. George woman’s death on July 4 was suicide"

  1. Kimberly   July 29, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Thank you for your respectful article concerning my daughter. I spent the afternoon with her 3 days prior and she was making future plans. There are many questions and inconsistencies remaining unfortunately that the investigation did not resolve. People she talked to that DAY saw a happy mother with her two children until she died of a gunshot wound in her home. We continue to question.

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  2. Vicki streeter   July 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    If she was preparing to go to a party, but decided to take her life…doesn’t sound right to me. Family & friends of her dont take suicide as the final answer.

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  3. Samantha Scribner   July 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Very disappointed in these findings. Pam would not have done this and left her kids behind. She is a determined woman who had bright plans for her future. Which included watching her children grow. I wish her family the best in this time and I hope her beautiful children get some justice for them and their mother.

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  4. Janet Bragg   July 30, 2017 at 10:05 am

    NOPE!!! Don’t believe it…it was not intentional…she would not do this to herself…

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  5. Joey Romano   August 13, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I would be very curious to see what the deciding factors were that lead them to believe it was a suicide. Generally, it isn’t done on a whim while preparing to go to a bbq. Also, even if no one noticed until after their passing, there are normally signs that in hindsight, are seen pretty clearly.
    If she had no history of severe or postpartum depression, seems very strange they would reach this conclusion, especially when the family is saying there was no suicidal behavior.

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