The skeletal remains of a body found floating in Lake Champlain this month is believed to belong to the prime suspect in the killing of his fiancée at their Winooski apartment nearly four years ago. Keith Gaston, 32, formerly of Arlington, was last seen on a security video behind the Champlain Mill jumping into the rain-swollen Winooski River on Nov. 1, 2019. Winooski Police found his dead fiancée, Hannah Maree Keyes, 28, the night of Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, when officers were asked to do a welfare check at the basement apartment the two shared with their two daughters. Gaston, a graduate of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, where he played basketball, was nowhere to be found, police said. The two daughters, then ages 3 and 4, had apparently fed themselves Halloween candy over the two days to stay nourished. The storm door at the apartment was closed, but the wood door was open a few inches when police responded Nov. 2, 2019. The death was eventually classified as a homicide by the Office of Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner. Winooski Police did a welfare check at the apartment after co-workers expressed concern. She had failed to appear for work for two days, which was unusual. She was found dead inside the basement apartment in Winooski. Her two daughters, 3 and 4, had apparently fed themselves.
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