Police are still trying to figure out why 40-year-old Nicole Waring of Wolcott avoided a would-be rescuer and plunged into the Wardsboro Brook carrying her 6-year-old daughter on Saturday.
Both died, and the body of 2 1/2-year-old Grace Waring was found Sunday, although police haven’t said how she got into the brook.
Police are calling it a murder suicide.
According to police, a Vermont State Police sergeant tried to rescue Waring from the brook but she ignored his pleas and entered the roiling waters before being swept away.
Police say she was despondent and had been exhibiting unusual behavior the day before at her parent’s home in Wardsboro.
A family friend described Waring and her husband as a happy couple who doted on their girls.