Former cop shoots self on New Jersey Turnpike; wife's body found in trunk

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

NEWARK, New Jersey -- Authorities say a former police officer killed himself after a chase with police that led state troopers to finding the body of the ex-cop's wife in his trunk.

New Jersey State police were notified Saturday night by police in Providence, Rhode Island, that Franklin Osgood was believed to be traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike.

They located Osgood's car, but he refused to pull over and eventually ran off the road.

Troopers found the 61-year-old Osgood with a self-inflicted gunshot wound when they approached the car. The body of 55-year-old Mary Jo Osgood was in the trunk.

Franklin Osgood was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Providence police said at a news conference Sunday that Osgood's daughter had called them Saturday to say her father was missing and distraught.