Health Dept: Hiker found in Exeter died of heart disease

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Health on Thursday released the cause of death for a Coventry woman whose body was found after an extensive search in Exeter.

According to spokesperson Joseph Wendelken, 59-year-old Patti Pendleton died of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

Pendleton’s body was found Sunday afternoon in a heavily wooded area of the Arcadia Management Area.

Crews conducted daily searches for Pendleton after she was reported missing on Nov. 29. She went out hiking with her two dogs the previous day and was reported missing after she failed to show up for work.

Environmental police said they were alerted to the area by a pair of hikers who heard the dogs barking. The two dogs were taken to a veterinarian to be checked out.