RIPTON, Vt. (AP) – Police believe they have found the body of a Burlington woman who went missing early last month.

Burlington detectives said late Saturday that they had discovered the remains of what appeared to be Ligia Rae Collins, 25, in a wooded area in Ripton. An autopsy was planned to confirm the identity of the body and cause of death.

Collins was last seen, police have said, leaving her St. Paul Street home just after midnight on July 4. She was reported missing July 5. Searches in Chittenden County and in the woods around Lincoln last month generated evidence but no sign of the body. Police have said Collins was the victim of a homicide. She has two young sons, 7 years old and 14 months.

In mid-July police impounded a truck belonging to Moses Robar, 52. Police said at the time that the truck and its location after Collins was reported missing could prove key to the investigation.

Robar shot himself in the head as police approached him for questioning shortly after Collins was reported missing and later died from his injuries at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Police have said Ellen Ducharme, Robar’s live-in girlfriend, is also a suspect in the case. She was put in custody last month on an unrelated probation violation.

Both were acquaintances of Collins.

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