Michelle Gardner-Quinn case closed

Nearly 20 months after her disappearance in downtown Burlington, the case of UVM senior Michelle Gardner-Quinn is finally closed.

In May, Brian Rooney, 37, of Richmond, was tried in the murder of Gardner Quinn and found guilty after just 6 hours of jury deliberation, according to The Burlington Free Press.

Gardner-Quinn went missing in October of 2006 after going out downtown with friends. Surveillance cameras at downtown retailer Periwinkles caught footage of Gardner Quinn walking with Rooney. Soon after, Gardner-Quinn’s body was found by hikers in Huntington Gorge in Richmond.

State forensic scientist Maria Fountain’s testimony said that DNA evidence found would have a 1 in 240 quadrillion chance of being someone other than Gardner-Quinn and Rooney, according to The Burlington Free Press.

Her testimony seemed to be the deciding factor in the case. After a brief jury deliberation, Rooney was found guilty.

Rooney will spend life in prison without a chance for parole.