Two “severely decomposed” bodies were discovered in the home of former Rhode Island mayor Susan Menard, according to authorities.
Woonsocket (R.I.) Police Chief Thomas Oates told local news station WPRI and The Boston Globe that the dead bodies of an elderly female and an elderly male were found Monday inside the residence, which belongs to Menard and was surrounded by police cars late Monday. No criminal behavior is suspected.
It is unclear if Menard was one of the bodies. According to a recent obituary in the Providence (R.I.) Journal, Menard’s brother Robert Miller, 81, died Saturday. It is unclear if the discovered body was his.
Oates, the police chief, told reporters the state medical examiner will determine their cause of death and unveil identities later in the week.
Messages made by USA TODAY to the Woonsocket Police Department were not immediately returned.
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Menard served as the mayor of Woonsocket from 1995 to 2009, the longest of any mayor. A tribute, Susan D. Menard Middle School, was named after her in 2017.
Woonsocket is a small northern Rhode Island city on the border of Massachusetts with around 40,000 people.