• The bodies were found at the home of Susan Menard
  • It is unclear if the former Woonsocket mayor was one of the deceased
  • The circumstances surrounding the deaths are being investigated

Two severely decomposed bodies were found inside the home of a former mayor of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

The police discovered the bodies in the house of Susan Menard, who served as the city mayor for 14 years, as reported by the New York Post.

While their identities were not released, the two deceased were said to be an elderly man and an elderly woman. Chief Thomas Oates of the Woonsocket Police Department confirmed that the discovery was made inside a house on Marian Lane near Lilac Avenue, WPRI 12 reported.

Lt. Matthew Richardson said the bodies were "in an advanced state of decomposition," adding that the medical examiner's office is yet to confirm the identities of the deceased individuals, Richardson added, according to the Valley Breeze.

Officials did not release details about where the bodies were found inside the home. It is also unclear how long the dead bodies were inside, or if one of them was that of the former mayor.

The deaths are being investigated, and there have been no signs of foul play detected so far.

According to the property tax database of Woonsocket, Menard is listed as the owner of the house while Daniel Grabowski was listed as a resident of the property.

Menard served as the city mayor from 1995 to 2009 making her the longest-running mayor in the history of Woonsocket, which is home to approximately 40,000 people.

She was also reportedly close to her only daughter, Carrie Pilavin, and was left devastated when her dead body was found in her home near Boston in 2009.

Menard has been relatively quiet in the political arena over the last few years but has spoken to radio stations in the city to show her support for local office candidates.

In an unrelated incident reported last month, the body of a "badly decomposed infant" was discovered in the backyard of a home in North Carolina. The infant's parents, Dustin VanDyke, 28, and Gracie Riddle, 18, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. After receiving information about the child's unreported death, cops searched the property and were led by a cadaver dog to the infant's decomposed body.

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