Robert Durst's attorney says he will not let Vermont police talk to his client

By Jace Larson - Investigative Reporter

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont -

The attorney for accused murderer Robert Durst says he will not be letting police in Vermont interview his client about any possible connection to a missing 18-year-old college student.

Dick DeGuerin told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jace Larson that police interviewing his client is not a possibility.

DeGuerin called allegations that Durst could be involved in the 1971 disappearance of Lynne Schulze "opportunistic ‘blaming it on Bob.'"

Meanwhile, the man who worked directly behind the bus stop where Lynne  Schulze went missing says he's wracked his brain trying to remember more about the December day she vanished in 1971.

"I don't recall where exactly I was," Don Keeler told Channel 2 Investigates Wednesday. "The bus used to stop in front of our business. She was going to get on the bus."

Keeler, who later become the sheriff of Addison County, worked at his father's auto garage that was right across the street from the health food store owned by Robert Durst where Schulze visited hours before her disappearance.

"He seemed to be a very nice guy. He seemed like a businessman trying to make a living," Keeler said.

He often went to Durst's store, which was in the same building as the bus ticket office.

"I used to go over there and buy my natural peanut butter and that's how I knew who he was," he said. "I never knew anything about his personal life."

Schulze, a freshman at the college in town, was last seen a couple of hours after eating food she bought from Durst's store. The Middlebury Police Department says that is enough of a connection between the two to warrant investigating Durst.

Durst was acquitted of murdering a man and dumping his severed limbs in Galveston Bay, but was charged this month with murdering his long-time friend in California, Susan Berman. Durst was arrested in New Orleans nearly two weeks ago and police say they found a disguise mask, tens of thousands of dollars, his passport, marijuana, a gun and an open map of Florida and Cuba in his hotel room.

The news shocked Keeler.

"It just blew me away. I just couldn't believe it."

Channel 2 Investigates has learned Durst didn't live in Middlebury when he owned his store in the early 1970s. He lived in Ripton, a mountain town fewer than 10 miles from Middlebury. Residents of the town don't remember Durst.

Keeler hopes someone will come forward and help the local police department solve this case.

"A tragic thing like this is never supposed to happen in a small community like Middlebury," he said. "It would be great for this community to have closure on this."

Have a tip about this story for investigative reporter Jace Larson? Email or text him at jlarson@kprc.com or 832-493-3951.

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