Erika Seyfried was reported missing Sunday and police believe they recovered her body in a Vermont River in Westminster on Monday. According to Vermont State Police, the body has not yet been identified but is suspected to be the 36-year-old Brooklyn woman. The death is likely accidental, police said.

Seyfried, who was visiting Vermont with her husband, was last seen around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Her husband claimed she left the vacation home to take their 7-month-old golden retriever for a walk. He later reported her missing around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday when she did not return home.

According to Vermont State Police, the dive team located a body in the Saxtons River which is believed to be Erika Seyfried. The body was found near the vacation home at 33 Gage St. in Westminster where t the couple had been staying. The office of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on the body. The autopsy will determine the identity of the body and reveal the cause of death, reports claimed.

What happened to Erika Seyfried? Penguin Random House VP was reported missing Sunday. Police believe body found in Saxtons River is same person. Autopsy will confirm the identity.
What happened to Erika Seyfried? Penguin Random House VP was reported missing Sunday. Police believe the body found in Vermont River is the same person. Police have not officially ID’d the body. Photo Credit: Vermont State Police

As of Tuesday morning, the investigation is ongoing. The VSP requested that anyone with information regarding Erika Seyfried’s death call the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.

In its initial news release Monday, the Vermont State Police described Seyfried as 5 feet 2 inches tall with shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes. She was reportedly wearing black flip-flops when she left the home with her golden retriever. She lived with her husband in Brooklyn, the news release confirmed.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Seyfried was a Vice President at Penguin Random House. She was in charge of digital strategy and consumer engagement, her profile stated. She worked at the publishing house for 13 years.

Penguin Random House released a statement, explaining that “we are devastated by the loss of our colleague…who established herself as a marketing leader through the innovative digital campaigns she developed for our books.”

The statement continued: “Her reader-centric approach to consumers, her social media prowess, and her tireless nurturing of our authors earned her reverence throughout our company and our industry.”

“With her forward-looking, inclusive approach to every team and project she led, Erika was the embodiment of what we all hope for in a colleague, and friend,” according to Penguin Random House. “Our thoughts are with Erika’s family, loved ones, and our colleagues who worked with and adored her.”

Erika Seyfried and her husband, Elijah Seyfried, had been married since July 2013, reports claimed. They were vacationing in Vermont at a beautiful Airbnb. The house is owned by a local vintage fashion dealer named Bob Ross, the Battleboro Reformer reported.

Erika Seyfried was vacationing with her husband in Vermont when she suddenly went missing. A day later, police believe they found her body in Saxtons River.
Erika Seyfried was vacationing with her husband in Vermont when she suddenly went missing. A day later, police believe they found her body in Saxtons River. Photo Credit: Bob LoCicero / Shutterstock.com

The Airbnb is priced at $125 per night and is promoted on the website with a picturesque description. “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 wrote. “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,” Bob Ross explained in his post. “In snowy winters we maintain these trails for cross country skiing [and] snowshoeing.”

According to reports, the area of the Saxtons River where rescue divers focused their search was only a few miles from Twin Falls. The notorious waterfall has claimed more than a dozen lives over the last 10 years due to drownings. Seyfried’s golden retriever has not been found.