Two bodies have been found “severely decomposed” in the Woonsocket home of a former mayor in Rhode Island, US, police said.
Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates told local WPRI media that an elderly woman and an elderly man were found dead inside the residence on Monday, September 19. 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.
She 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, Susan Menard’s brother, Robert Miller, 81, died on Saturday. His Providence Journal obituary lists the former mayor as part of his surviving family.
Police 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.
Woonsocket is a town in northern Rhode Island that borders Massachusetts. The New England city has a population of 40,000.