One of two bodies discovered in the home of a former Rhode Island mayor earlier this week has been identified as former Woonsocket Mayor Susan Menard, Rhode Island health officials said.
Authorities said they discovered two “badly decomposed” bodies belonging to an elderly man and woman inside Menard’s home earlier this week.
Menard was the longest-serving mayor of Woonsocket, a town of about 40,000 in the northern part of Rhode Island near the Massachusetts border, the Providence Journal reported. She served from 1995 to 2009.
According to a recent Providence Journal obituary, Menard’s brother, Robert Miller, 81, died Saturday.
It’s still unclear if the other body is Miller: State health officials said Wednesday they have yet to identify the second body. A spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health told USA TODAY on Friday that there was no update on the identity of the body.
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Officials said Wednesday the cause of death for both bodies was still pending, but Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates said foul play was not suspected, the Providence Journal reported. part of the USA TODAY Network.
Current Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt told the Providence Journal that she remembers Menard as “a strong leader” who cared for the town’s elderly.
As of 2017, a college in Woonsocket is named after Menard.
Contributor: Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY; Jack Perry, The Providence Journal