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2 decomposed bodies found in home of former Rhode Island mayor, police say


Two bodies were found “in a long phase of decomposition” at the home of former Rhode Island Mayor Susan Menard, police said.

A neighbor called the police shortly after 4pm on Monday to say he had not seen the elderly couple who had been living at the Marian Lane residence in Woonsocket for around a week and that a strong smell was coming from the house said Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates.

The residence belonged to Susan Menard, said Oates, Woonsocket’s longest-serving mayor who served from 1995 to 2009, according to the city’s website.

Officers responded to the house and eventually forced entry. Once inside, they located two deceased people, a man and a woman.

Oates said that due to their state of decomposition, they could not be identified with certainty.

Police are investigating the home of former Woonsocket Mayor Susan Menard where two badly decomposed bodies were found.WJAR

The remains are now with the medical examiner for identification, as well as to determine the manner of death.

“There are no outward signs of foul play or any type of struggle,” Oates said. “We are aware that these two people, if they are what we think they are, had quite significant medical issues.”

Police have not confirmed whether Menard was one of the deceased.

Woonsocket, home to 43,000 people, is located about 20 miles northwest of Providence.

Woonsocket resident Lorraine Tessier asked why it took so long to find the bodies.

“I haven’t seen them in a while because my sister usually walks all the time and on occasion I was walking with her around the neighborhood and I haven’t seen them in a while,” Tessier told l affiliate of NBC WJAR. of Providence. “Has no one checked them?” Small children? Son? What happened?”

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