Body Found in Trunk After Ex-Cop Kills Himself

Former Providence officer Franklin Osgood shot himself after police chase
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2016 4:03 AM CDT
Body Found in Trunk After Ex-Cop Kills Himself
Police officers gather at the scene where a former police officer killed himself after being pursued by New Jersey State Police on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike.   (Christopher Sadowski/The Record of Bergen County via AP)

A former police officer killed himself Saturday night after a highway chase with state police, who later discovered the body of the officer's wife in the vehicle's trunk, the AP reports. Franklin Osgood, 61, was a former police officer in Providence, RI, where police say they received a call from Osgood's daughter Saturday saying her father was missing and distraught. He had last been seen Friday morning. At some point, Osgood called his daughter and told her he had harmed her mother, 55-year-old Mary Jo Osgood, Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements told reporters. Providence police put out an alert to law enforcement agencies across the country after the call. Clements said Osgood answered his phone when an officer called around 7pm, but he was agitated and wouldn't reveal his location, the Providence Journal reports.

Police notified New Jersey State Police at approximately 9pm that Osgood was believed to be traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike in a 2007 black Dodge Charger. Troopers located the car about 25 minutes later, heading north on the highway several miles from the George Washington Bridge. Osgood refused to pull over and eventually ran off the road, hit a guardrail, and struck a car driven by a trooper. Troopers found Osgood with a self-inflicted gunshot wound when they approached the car. Clements told reporters that no motive for the murder and suicide has been uncovered yet. Obviously, "he's deeply troubled by something that is personal," Clements said. "What leads someone to this level of anger and violence, with your wife, your loved one, who knows." (More Providence, RI stories.)

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