Death of Hannah Keyes ruled a homicide

Mother of 2 died from 'compression of neck and chest'

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WINOOSKI — The death of a former Arlington woman at her apartment in Winooski last month was ruled a homicide Thursday by the office of Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner.

Hannah Maree Keyes, 28, a mother of two young girls, died from "compression of neck and chest" Dr. Elizabeth A. Bundock, deputy chief medical examiner wrote on the revised death certificate.

The update also notes Keyes was "assaulted by other" and the injury was received at the apartment.

Bundock had initially listed the cause and manner of death as "pending" on the original death certificate. Police said Bundock reported she needed more information, including toxicology results.

Winooski Police say the father of Keyes two children, Keith D. Gaston, 32, also of Winooski remains missing after last being seen on video surveillance jumping into the rain-swollen Winooski River.

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Winooski Police did a welfare check at the apartment about 10:05 p.m. Nov. 2 after co-workers at The Arbors, a senior living complex in Shelburne, expressed concern after Keyes had failed to appear for work for two days, which was unusual.

Keyes was a 2010 graduate of Arlington Memorial High School and later attended the now defunct Southern Vermont College. Gaston also attended SVC, where he played basketball and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and sports management in May 2012.

Gaston also had failed to appear for work for a week at Global Foundries in Essex, police said.

Their daughters, Ella, 4, and Aliya, 3, were checked by the Department for Children and Families and later turned over to a member of Keyes' family, Winooski Police Chief Rick Hebert reported.

A Memorial Fund in Keyes' memory to support her children has been established. It had a $1,000 goal, but had generated $6,400 in donations through 104 donors as of noon Thursday, Dec. 5.

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