Body of woman missing since April 7 found in Connecticut River

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Staff Writer
Published: 5/27/2020 12:23:18 PM

MONTAGUE — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified the body found floating in the Connecticut River on Sunday morning as that of the 34-year-old woman who went missing while self-quarantining in Colrain in April.

The body of Caroline “Morgan” Bren 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 spokesperson Mary Carey. Although the circumstances surrounding her death remain under investigation, Carey said no foul play is suspected at this time.

Bren’s mother, Kate Kerivan, had pleaded to the public for help in finding her daughter, who was self-quarantining with a friend in Colrain when she disappeared on April 7. Days earlier, Bren had returned to Western Massachusetts after having lived in Philadelphia for several years. The global COVID-19 pandemic had made it virtually impossible for her to find work in that city and she decided to return home.

Kerivan said her daughter had a history of mental health issues and was suicidal. Bren was last seen with a duffel bag on Route 2 in Shelburne walking toward Greenfield at roughly 5 p.m. on April 7. She was also carrying a backpack with an iPad in it.

Priscilla Genet, 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.

When she spoke with the Greenfield Recorder earlier this month, Kerivan had expressed doubt her daughter would be found alive.

Genet, 26, said she learned Bren’s body had been found when she talked to Kerivan on Tuesday morning.

“I freaked out. I just totally melted down and started screaming,” she said. “It’s like a part of me is gone, and I don’t know how to deal with it.”

Genet said she and Bren had been together nearly two years. Both cartoonists, they met when Genet saw Bren at a comic show Genet was working.

“I kind of fell in love with her immediately,” she said. “I approached her and gave her my number.”

Genet said she and Bren had most recently been working on a publishing project called Organ Bank.

“I just think she is one of most brilliant … people that I have ever known. She produced really, really impactful work that seems to have touched a lot of people,” Genet said. “It’s just really devastating to lose her.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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