Erika Seyfried: Penguin Random House VP found dead in river day after disappearance
Erika Greber Seyfried, a Brooklyn publishing executive, was found dead in a Vermont river after she vanished while walking her golden retriever puppy, during a vacation at a riverside Airbnb. The vice president of digital strategy and consumer engagement at Penguin Random House was reportedly last seen around 11 am on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
She had gone for a walk with the seven-month-old puppy that she shares with her husband, Elijah Seyfried. Hailing from Ohio, the couple was vacationing in Westminster, at a house owned by a local vintage fashion dealer, according to a report in the Brattleboro Reformer. They had married in July 2013.
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As per a report in DailyMail.com, Vermont State Police spokesman Adam Silverman said that 36-year-old Seyfried was reported missing at 8 pm on Sunday evening and did not return from her walk. "My understanding is that the victim of our incident here in Vermont is the publishing industry executive at Random House in New York," he said. Additionally, he said that on Monday, August 30, 2021, they found a body in the river and believe her death was "accidental". According to members of the agency familiar with the investigation, who spoke to NBC 5, the puppy that Seyfried went out with has not been found.
As per the publication, the pool where rescue worker focused their search is upstream from the Twin Falls, also on the Saxtons River, where more than a dozen people have drowned while swimming over the past decades.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Seyfried joined Penguin Random House 13 years ago. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a MA in English Literature. Reports say that the body is being transported to the office of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to confirm the identity and determine the cause and manner of death. The investigation into the death is continuing.
Bob Ross rents out the first floor of his 150-year-old Gage Road home, surrounded by 30 acres of gardens, fields and woodland trails.
On the Airbnb website, the owner of the 150-year-old Gage Road home Bob Ross, rents out the first floor of the building. It is surrounded by 30 acres of garden, fields and woodland trails. Promoting the $125-a-night property he states, "Our waterfall on the Saxtons River is only 500 feet from your suite and offers a great place to have your morning coffee on the riverfront deck or swim in the deep water pool below the falls. Take a walk on the 1/2 mile riverfront trail without ever leaving the property. We've placed benches at many scenic and private spots at the river's edge for your enjoyment. In snowy winters we maintain these trails for cross country skiing & snowshoeing."
Anyone with additional information is being asked to call the Vermont State Police barracks in Westminster by calling 802-722-4600.