ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) – A Guildhall man is facing charges of killing his live-in girlfriend and fleeing to New York.

Christopher Chase, 28, was arrested Monday afternoon in Rochester, N.Y. He faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Sara Bragdon, 22, whose body was found in her home on Sunday night.

Bragdon, the mother of a toddler, was shot in the head but an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause and time of death, said Vermont State Police Detective Lt. J. P. Sinclair said.

Her young daughter was apparently with the girl’s biological father at the time of the shooting.

Vermont State Police searched Bragdon’s Fellows Road home after police in Littleton, N.H., say a family member of Chase told them that Chase had implied that he may have killed her and fled to New York, police said.

Police determined Chase fled in one of Bragdon’s vehicles and spotted the car in a department store parking lot Monday. Chase was arrested at 12:19 p.m. after leaving the store, police said.

Chase was being held in New York state as a fugitive from justice. He will face second-degree murder charges when extradited to Vermont, police said.

It was the second tragedy in the Bragdon family in less than a year. Bragdon’s mother, Laurie, was killed during a traffic confrontation with a truck driver on Oct. 31, 2007.

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