Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Bovit was last seen on his dairy farm, Last Resort Farm, in Walden, VT by two friends at approximately 9:00 p.m. on May 6, 1986. He didn't show up for appointment to purchase property the next day. He was not reported missing until May 11.
The day after he vanished, his light blue 1974 Renault was found stuck on a dirt road approximately 4 miles from his residence. Blood was found in the car trunk and on its passenger side. Blood was also found in his home on his mattress. Testing indicated that the blood in the car and on the mattress originated from the same person.
A convicted murderer, Garth Drew, told investigator’s that Bovits body was placed in a U-Haul trailer and dumped in Lake Willoughby. Investigators searched the Lake but did not find any evidence to this. It was believed that Russ was murdered, but robbery was not a factor.
Russ’ parents hired private investigators and it is believed that he was murdered by a man that died three months later and that drugs were involved. It should be noted that Russ reportedly did not use drugs or drink alcohol.
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Vermont State Police