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Second decomposed body found in home of former Rhode Island mayor identified


A second decomposed body found this week at the home of former Rhode Island Mayor Susan Menard, who was identified as the other body, has been identified as her boyfriend, authorities said Friday.

Daniel Grabowski also died at Menard’s home in Woonsocket, according to a statement from the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Office of State Medical Examiners. Grabowski’s cause of death was type 2 diabetes, officials said.

Authorities identified Ménard’s body earlier this week as one of two dead in the house. Menard died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, officials said Friday. The bodies were discovered on Monday.

Grabowski has been identified as Menard’s longtime boyfriend, the Boston Globe reported.

Menard, Woonsocket’s longest-serving mayor, served from 1995 to 2009, according to the city’s website.

Police were reported after a neighbor reported he had not seen the couple who had been living at the Marian Lane residence in Woonsocket for around a week. The neighbor also said there was a strong smell coming from the house, Police Chief Thomas Oates said Tuesday.

Mayor Susan Menard of Woonsocket, RI at her office at City Hall October 19, 2005.Steve Szydlowski/The Providence Journal via AP File

Oates said officers responding to the home and forced entry on Monday found “no outward signs of foul play or any type of struggle.”

He said the police department was aware that the two people he believed to be the deceased had “pretty significant” medical issues.

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

Menard was identified shortly after the death of her brother Robert Miller, who worked as a toxicologist for the state health department for 30 years. He died Saturday at age 81, according to an obituary published in The Providence Journal, which lists her as a survivor.

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said Wednesday, “On behalf of the townspeople and the employees of the Town of Woonsocket, we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Baldelli-Hunt said Menard was not only the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, but also the second woman elected mayor in Rhode Island history.

She said Menard was a trusted public servant who served on the city’s school board and city council before becoming mayor.

Menard will be remembered for his “strong personality” and his “desire to lead,” Baldelli-Hunt said.

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