Remains of former Rhode Island mayor Susan Menard identified

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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.

Rhode Island health officials announced on Friday that they had identified the second body as Daniel Grabowski. They also revealed that Menard’s cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Grabowski, officials said, died of type 2 diabetes.

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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

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