Deputy Sheriff Otis J. Gross

Deputy Sheriff Otis J. Gross

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Vermont

End of Watch Monday, September 24, 1934

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Otis J. Gross

Deputy Sheriff Otis Gross mysteriously disappeared when he went to Barre to collect $250 from a man found liable in a civil matter.

His car was found abandoned in a wooded area off of the Barre-Woodsville Highway east of Barre the following day.

The man who Deputy Gross was supposed to see was picked up for questioning by police in Concord, New Hampshire. While he was being transported to the police department, he suddenly drew a gun and shot and killed himself.

Deputy Gross' body was found two days later in an abandoned shack in East Brookfield, 12 miles from Barre. He had been shot to death.

Deputy Gross had served in law enforcement for 17 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and three sisters.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

civil papers

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Deputy Gross, it has been 89 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 24, 2023

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