- Rebecca-Lynn Ball
Rebecca-Lynn Ball, a 17-year-old from Middlebury who was missing for six days before she was found dead in the woods on April 4, succumbed to hypothermia, according to her death certificate.
"Exposure to cold environment” was listed as a contributing factor on the certificate, which the state Department of Health released on Monday. The manner of death was listed as "accident."
Ball, who had autism, was last seen alive around 4 p.m. on March 29 near the southern end of Wright Park. She'd abruptly left a therapy appointment without her cellphone or coat.
According to the Weather Channel, temperatures ranged from 20 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit between March 29, the day Ball went missing, and April 4, the day her body was found. It rained or snowed on several of those days.
- Alison Novak
- A community vigil for Rebecca-Lynn Ball on April 2
Reverend Paul Olsson of St. Stephen's described Ball, a Middlebury Union High School senior, as a lover of books and peppermint tea. She also participated in her school’s yearbook club and helped to groom local trails, according to her obituary.
Money raised from a GoFundMe page created after Ball’s death was used to pay for her funeral and headstone and to establish a scholarship fund in her name. According to the page, a Middlebury student received a $1,000 scholarship in Ball's memory in June.