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Two bodies were found “severely decomposed” in the Woonsocket home of a former Rhode Island mayor, police say.
Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates told WPRI that an elderly woman and an elderly man were found dead inside the residence on Monday. The house was surrounded by police cars on Monday evening.
Oates also confirmed that the house is owned by Susan Menard, who served as mayor of Woonsocket. The police chief did not confirm whether she was among the victims.
Susan Menard served as mayor from 1995 to 2009 – the longest tenure of any Woonsocket mayor.
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The stateswoman was so popular that the city unveiled a sign at the Susan D. Menard Middle School complex to honor her in 2017.
According to a recent obituary, Menard’s brother, Robert Miller, 81, died on Saturday. His Providence Journal obituary lists the former mayor as part of his surviving family.
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Authorities said there was no suspicion of criminal behavior at this stage of their investigation, which is ongoing. A state medical examiner will also determine the deceased’s cause of death.
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Woonsocket Police told Fox News Digital there were no current updates on the case Monday night.
Woonsocket is a town in northern Rhode Island that borders Massachusetts. The New England city is home to over 40,000 residents.