2 ‘severely decomposed’ bodies found in former Rhode Island mayor’s home

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Authorities in Rhode Island have discovered the badly decomposed remains of two people inside a former mayor’s home, officials said.

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According to WJAR and WPRI, Woonsocket police responded Monday to the Marian Lane home of Susan Menard, the city’s former mayor. Inside, they found an “elderly” man and woman dead and “severely decomposed,” police said.

Police have not publicly identified the bodies, the news outlets reported. It was not immediately clear whether Menard was one of the dead.

Crews donned masks and hazmat suits inside the home, according to WJAR. The state medical examiner now has the bodies and will determine how they died, police said.

Police did not initially suspect foul play, but the investigation is ongoing, the news outlets reported.