- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

EXETER, R.I. (AP) - Authorities have found the body of a missing Coventry woman who didn’t return home from a walk in the wilderness area with her dogs last week.

Authorities say first responders used chainsaws and brush-clearing equipment to access the body of 59-year-old Patti Pendleton in a “heavily wooded” section of the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter on Sunday afternoon.

Officials say Pendleton’s dogs were barking and led authorities to the area. Police say her body was located near a swampy area close to the Connecticut border.

The discovery comes after authorities officially suspended their search of the 16,000-acre management area Friday evening.

Pendleton’s family continued the search over the weekend. They reported her missing Tuesday when she didn’t show up for work. Police say Pendleton went on a hike on Monday.

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