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‘Severely decomposed’ bodies found in former Woonsocket mayor’s home

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates described the two victims as an “elderly male and female,” but did not say if former mayor Susan Menard was one of the victims

WOONSOCKET — Police are investigating after two bodies were found “severely decomposed” inside a home that allegedly belongs to former Woonsocket mayor Susan Menard.

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates on Monday night told WPRI-TV that the two victims as an “elderly male and female.” Oates did not say if Menard was one of the victims.

Oates, who became Woonsocket’s chief in 2016 after he retired from the Providence Police Department, told the news station that there was “no indication” of anything criminal, but the deaths will remain under investigation.

The state medical examiner started removing the bodies from the home, which is located on Marian Lane near Lilac Avenue, on Monday night. The medical examiner will determine the cause of their death.


Menard’s cell phone was not answered when a Globe reporter attempted to call on Monday.

Menard was mayor of Woonsocket from 1995 until 2009. She was the first woman elected as the city’s mayor and served longer than any other in Woonsocket’s history. Before she became mayor, Menard served a decade on the city council and four years on the school committee.

Alexa Gagosz can be reached at alexa.gagosz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alexagagosz and on Instagram @AlexaGagosz.