Body found in river ID'd as Bennington woman

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BENNINGTON — Police have identified the woman found dead in a river on Sunday as Bridget Osgood, a 45-year-old Bennington resident.

Her body was discovered partially submerged in the Roaring Branch off Caroline Drive by a neighborhood resident walking his dog shortly before noon Sunday.

Bennington police, who are investigating the incident, said they're continuing to regard Osgood's death as "suspicious in nature."

An autopsy was performed Monday, the police department said in a release Tuesday morning, and the cause and manner of Osgood's death will be released once the toxicology results come back.

It didn't provide details on why the death was deemed suspicious, but Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette told WTEN-TV in Albany that investigators are trying to determine the cause of her significant head trauma and minor body injuries.

"We're treating this as a suspicious death, very similar to a homicide until we have all the facts," the TV station quoted Doucette as saying.

Police, he said, aren't sure how long Osgood had been in the river and are perplexed at how she ended up there. She apparently had been absent from work at the Mack Molding plant in Arlington for a number of days but had not been reported missing.

Doucette said Osgood has two children, and her husband identified her body.

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A spokesman for Mack Molding declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation.

The husband from whom she was separated, Tony Osgood, wrote on social media about being filled with sorrow and pain for her.

"No matter what happened between us you did not deserve a passing the way you went," according to a portion of his Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon. "Hopefully you are at peace now and all your pain, struggling and suffering has left you for good."

He said he loved her and that she will be deeply missed. He didn't immediately respond to a message requesting an interview.

A Bennington man who acknowledged he had been Bridget Osgood's boyfriend said he last saw her on Oct. 7, the day they broke up and she moved out of his house. He declined to be named or to comment further.

Residents around Caroline Drive said they didn't see or hear anything suspicious before Osgood's body was found around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Clad in a dark top and leggings and barefoot, she lay facedown in the shallow waters, partially lodged on a rock.

She was removed from the river by law enforcement officers, as well as members of the Bennington Fire Department before being taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Burlington for an autopsy.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on Osgood's death to call the Bennington Police Department at 802-442-1030. The police department is being assisted by the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Search Team.

Contact Tiffany Tan at ttan@benningtonbanner.com, @tiffgtan on Twitter or 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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