Body found in Connecticut River identified as missing woman

  • BREN

  • BREN

Staff Writer
Published: 5/27/2020 2:23:00 PM

MONTAGUE — The body of a 34-year-old woman who went missing while self-quarantining in Colrain in April was found in the Connecticut River Sunday morning, authorities reported Wednesday.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified the body as Caroline “Morgan” Bren. She was discovered in the river near Cabot Street in Montague, and the Montague Police and Fire departments responded, according to Northwestern district attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey.

The circumstances surrounding her death remain under investigation, but Carey said no foul play is suspected.

Bren’s mother, Kate Kerivan, had pleaded to the public for help in finding her daughter, who was self-quarantining with a friend before moving back in with her mother in Ashfield when she disappeared on April 7.

Days earlier, Bren had returned to western Massachusetts from Philadelphia, where she had lived for several years, because she couldn’t find work in that city during the coronavirus lockdown.

Kerivan said Bren attended Hampshire College as well as college in Vermont. Kerivan said her daughter had a history of mental health issues and was suicidal. She was last seen with a duffel bag on Route 2 in Shelburne walking toward Greenfield at roughly 5 p.m. on April 7.

Bren’s partner in Philadelphia gained access to Bren’s Google account and learned she had researched the French King Bridge, which connects the towns of Gill and Erving and is a well-known site for suicide.

Efforts to reach the family on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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