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Rhode Island Department of Health identifies one of two Woonsocket bodies as ex-mayor

This is a photo of the home where two badly decomposed bodies were found in Woonsocket, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (WLNE)

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Health identified one of the two bodies found in Woonsocket Monday as ex-mayor Susan Menard.

Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for RIDOH said that the identity of the second body is still being finalized.

The two bodies were found “badly decomposed” inside of Menard’s home Monday night.

Wendelken added that the causes of death are still pending. Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates told ABC 6 News Monday that the deaths did not appear suspicious.

According to an obituary in the Providence Journal, Menard’s brother, Robert Miller, died over the weekend. He was 81.

Miller, according to the obituary, was a toxicologist for the Rhode Island Department of Health for 30 years.

Menard served as Woonsocket’s mayor for 14 years, making her longest mayor in the city.

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