Members of the Vermont State Police Scuba Team searched the Passumpsic River for a second day on Monday for the body of an elderly St. Johnsbury man whose family believes took his own life. Richard C. Gammell Sr., 84, is believed to have drowned in the river Sunday morning. He had left his Mountain Avenue home at 5:30 a.m. His vehicle was found parked in the area of River Road about three hours later after the family had alerted police. Tracks in the snow were found leading from the car to the river. “He walked out on the ice and you can see where he stepped off,” said Ken Gammell, 77, Richard’s brother. The river search began on Sunday but was suspended late in the afternoon due to oncoming darkness and snow squalls. The team was back early on Monday and searched the area until about 3 p.m. State police reported late Monday afternoon that it hasn’t been decided when the search will continue. Weather and river conditions will be monitored to determine when to resume.
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