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‘Severely decomposed’ bodies found in home of ex-Woonsocket mayor


Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates described the two victims as an “elderly man and woman”, but did not say whether former mayor Susan Menard was one of the victims.

WOONSOCKET – Police are investigating after two bodies were found “severely decomposed” in a home believed to belong to former Woonsocket mayor Susan Menard. Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates told WPRI-TV Monday night that the two victims were “elderly men and women.” Oates did not specify whether Ménard was among the victims.

Oates, who became Woonsocket’s chief in 2016 after retiring from the Providence Police Department, told the news outlet there were “no indications” of anything criminal, but deaths will be investigated. The state medical examiner began removing bodies from the home, located on Marian Lane near Lilac Avenue, Monday evening. The medical examiner will determine the cause of their death.

Ménard’s cell phone did not answer when a Globe reporter attempted to call on Monday. Menard served as mayor of Woonsocket from 1995 to 2009. She was the first woman to be elected mayor of the town and served longer than any other in Woonsocket’s history. Before becoming mayor, Ménard sat for a decade on the municipal council and four years on the school committee.

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