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Man accused in burglary, attempted sexual assault

Vermont State Police say a person, wanted in connection with an incident in Claremont, NH, jumped from I-91 on Jan. 9, 2014.

WINDSOR, Vt. —Vermont State Police have identified the man who jumped from Interstate 91 on Thursday as 37-year-old Joseph Sylvester of Claremont.

According to a press release from the Claremont Police Department, at 10:45 a.m. emergency services responded to a home on Providence Avenue for a report of a burglary and attempted sexual assault. According to the department, the victim told emergency services the suspect, later identified as Sylvester, drove from the area in a white van.

During the course of their investigation, Claremont police learned Sylvester may have been heading toward Interstate 91 in Vermont.

Vermont Sate Police said they received a call at 11 a.m. regarding Sylvester. They later learned that Sylvester was driving a white Dodge Minivan and could be in the area of the new bridge, which crosses over Route 44, in Windsor.

Claremont police said the van was found pulled to the side of the northbound lane in the area of mile marker 55 and a person was seen on the construction catwalk on the southbound lane.

According to the VSP, Sylvester jumped from the catwalk before troopers were able to make contact with him.

VSP said Sylvester died at the scene from the injuries sustained in the fall. Although, his death appears to be a suicide and no foul play is suspected, the case is ongoing pending additional investigation.

An autopsy will be performed.