EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) – Officials with the Department of Environmental Management confirm to Eyewitness News the body of the missing Coventry woman has been found in the Arcadia Management Area.
Patti Pendleton, 59, was reported missing last Tuesday after she didn’t show up for work.
Gail Mastrati with the DEM confirms Pendleton’s body was found by environmental police officers Sunday afternoon, just after 1 p.m.
Sergeant Daniel White with the environmental police corroborated, adding her body was discovered in a very densely wooded area about a mile off Kenney Hill Road in Exeter.
According to a release late Sunday, Coventry Police said first responders had to use chainsaws and brush-clearing equipment to access Pendleton’s body in a location referred to as “Cat Swamp,” which was extremely difficult to access.
Pendleton was found deceased from apparent exposure to outdoor elements for a prolonged period of time, but her exact cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner following an autopsy.
Pendleton’s two dogs, who were with her at the time of her disappearance, were found alive in the same area by two hikers. The dogs were taken off site by the DEM to a nearby veterinarian to be treated.
Even after officials called off the search for Pendleton Friday evening, her son led continuing search efforts through the weekend to locate her.
Officials plan to release more information Monday.