A Penguin Random House publishing executive has been found dead in a Vermont river after she vanished during a walk with her golden retriever puppy.
The Daily Mail reported Monday that Erika Greber Seyfried, the vice president of digital strategy and consumer engagement at Penguin Random House, was last seen close to 11am on Sunday before her body was found by authorities in the Saxtons River during a search Monday. She reportedly went for a walk with her seven-month-old puppy and then vanished.
Vermont State Police spokesman Adam Silverman reportedly told the outlet that Seyfried was reported missing at 8pm on Sunday evening after the sun went down and she had not returned from her walk with her puppy. Then, on Monday, Silverman said that divers found a body in the river. The outlet also reported that authorities believe her death to be accidental.
The area where rescue worker allegedly focused their search is upstream from the Twin Falls, where police say more than a dozen people have drowned while swimming over the past few decades.
While the investigation into Seyfried’s death is continuing, her body is reportedly being transported to the office of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to officially confirm the identity and ultimately determine the official cause and manner of death.
Seyfried and her husband had reportedly been vacationing in Westminster at an Airbnb owned by a local vintage fashion dealer.
“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,” the owner of the Airbnb posts on the listing. “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.”
The puppy Seyfried took on a walk when she went missing has not been found, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
According to her LinkedIn, Seyfried started working for Penguin Random House 13 years ago. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a MA in English Literature.
Penguin Random House has not yet made any comments or public statements about the incident involving Seyfried.