Franklin Osgood, an ex-Rhode Island cop, committed suicide on a New Jersey thoroughfare on Saturday night after an altercation with police. According to officers who responded to the scene, when the ex-cop’s vehicle was searched, his deceased wife’s body was found in the trunk of his car. The harrowing situation reportedly began earlier on Saturday when one of the couple’s children called law enforcement to alert them to the fact that ex-Rhode Island Cop Franklin Osgood was “missing and distraught.”
As Fox News reports, 61-year-old Franklin Osgood is believed to have murdered his 55-year-old wife, Mary Jo, at the couple’s Providence home before attempting to flee from justice, his wife’s corpse hidden in the trunk of his 2007 Dodge Charger.
When Franklin Osgood’s daughter reported his disappearance to the police, authorities reportedly came to the home of the ex-Rhode Island cop to investigate his daughter’s call. As the Providence Journal reports, when police searched ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood’s home garage beginning at about 8 p.m. Saturday, they found things amiss and enough apparent evidence of foul play that they immediately began to treat it as a crime scene, said Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements.
“We felt that early on, this was going to have a very bad ending.”
After Providence officers were unable to locate ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood and his wife, and after finding a disturbing scene in the couple’s garage, they chose to bring the matter to the attention of surrounding law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Osgood and his vehicle. At the time, they refused to comment on the potential whereabouts of Mary Jo Osgood and/or her physical condition other than to say that they hadn’t found her body during their search of the garage.
At about 9:11 p.m. on Saturday, New Jersey police spotted ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood driving his blue 2007 Dodge Charger. Osgood, who had been described by Rhode Island law enforcement as “armed and dangerous” was seen driving, seemingly alone, northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike near milepost 117.
Law enforcement began to pursue the ex-Rhode Island cop, but he refused to yield to the pursing police officer. According to the trooper who engaged him, he continued to drive in an attempt to evade arrest for roughly two more miles. At that point, ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood’s vehicle became visually “disabled,” ultimately crashing into a metal pole on the New Jersey freeway.
When New Jersey police approached the car, they found that ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood had shot himself. He was removed from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital, where he later died. While Osgood was transported for medical attention, law enforcement secured the scene of the crash and searched his vehicle, closing all lanes of traffic.
It was during the investigation of ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood’s vehicle that law enforcement made the horrific discovery that his missing wife had been murdered and stuffed into the trunk of the Dodge.
According to law enforcement investigating the multi-state crime spree, they believe that Franklin Osgood murdered his wife at the couple’s Rhode Island home before fleeing the scene with her dead body in the trunk. So far, law enforcement has not uncovered the motive behind the seemingly senseless act of violence that left two people dead.
The investigation into the murder/suicide involving the Osgoods is still in its preliminary stages, and it could be weeks before all forensic test results are available.
Until then, the four surviving children of deceased ex-Rhode Island cop Franklin Osgood and his murdered wife are struggling to deal with the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy in the public eye.
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