Penguin Random House VP, 36, found dead in Vermont after disappearing while walking her puppy

Penguin Random House vice president, 36, is found dead in river a day after she disappearing while walking her golden retriever puppy on vacation in Vermont

  • Police on Monday found a body believed to be Erika Greber Seyfried, 36
  • Seyfried was VP of digital strategy and consumer engagement at Penguin Random House
  • Seyfried and her husband Elijah had been vacationing at an Airbnb in Vermont
  • The house in Westminster, 20 miles north of Brattleboro, is in 30 acres of land
  • The Airbnb owners promote swimming in waterfalls and riverside trails
  • Seyfried was last seen on Sunday morning at 11am setting out with their puppy 








A Brooklyn publishing executive has been found dead in a Vermont river after she vanished while walking her golden retriever puppy, during a vacation at a picturesque riverside Airbnb.

Erika Greber Seyfried, vice president of digital strategy and consumer engagement at Penguin Random House, was last seen around 11am on Sunday as she set out to walk the seven-month-old puppy she shares with her husband, Elijah Seyfried.

The couple, both originally from Ohio, who married in July 2013, had been vacationing in Westminster, at a house owned by a local vintage fashion dealer, according to the Brattleboro Reformer. 

Erika Greber Seyfried is pictured with her dog. She set out to walk the puppy on Sunday morning at 11am, and when she had not returned at 8pm an alarm was raised. Her body was found in a river on Monday and an autopsy is being carried out to determine the cause of death

Seyfried’s body was found in the Saxtons River (pictured) – noted for its beautiful waterfalls, and treacherous swimming pools

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 Airbnb to promote 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.’

The Ross property, where Seyfried and her husband were staying in Westminster, Vermont

Bob Ross’s house was built in 1863. On Airbnb he writes: ‘This is a retreat for those who love a peaceful riverfront setting with songbirds in the morning, wildflower fields and swimming below our waterfall just 500 feet from your door’

Adam Silverman, Vermont State Police spokesman, told that Seyfried was reported missing at 8pm on Sunday evening, when night fell and she had not returned 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. 

He said that divers on Monday found a body in the river, and believe her death to be accidental. 

The pool where rescue worker focused their search is upstream from the notorious Twin Falls, also on the Saxtons River, where more than a dozen people have drowned while swimming over the past decades, the paper reported. 

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.

The dog Seyfried left with has not been found, according to members of the agency familiar with the investigation, who spoke to NBC 5. 

Seyfried joined Penguin Random House 13 years ago, according to her LinkedIn.

She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a MA in English Literature. 

Penguin Random House are yet to respond to’s request for comment. 


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