Tree-trimming crew finds human remains in Providence


RIGHT NOW POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A BODY, FOUND ALONG THE BANK OF THE WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER OFF SAN SOUCI DRIVE. (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO WAS FIRST ON SCENE AND BROKE THE STORY ON TWITTER — SHE JOINS US LIVE WITH WHAT SHE’S LEARNED. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER NOW HAS THE BODY THAT WAS PULLED OUT OF THE WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER THIS AFTERNOON….THE NEXT STEP IS TO IDENTIFY WHO THE PERSON WAS. PROVIDENCE POLICE SAY A CITY CLEAN-UP CREW WAS TRIMMING TREES AND BRUSH ON THE WOONASQUATUCKET RIVERBBANK ON SAN SOUCI DRIVE WHEN THEY MADE THE DISCOVERY. Maj. David Lapatin/Providence Police Department: They observed some human remains in the river on the embankment. MAJOR DAVID LAPATIN SAYS THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS AT THIS POINT… Lapatin: We have no idea who that is right now BUT HE DID SAY THE REMAINS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME…MAYBE MONTHS…. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICER AND PROVIDENCE FIRE DEPARTMENT USED A FLOATING STRETCHER AND LADDER TO HELP PULL THE REMAINS FROM THE RIVER AS DETECTIVES LOOKED ON. LAPATIN DID NOT WANT TO COMMENT ON THE CONDITION OF THE BODY OR THE GENDER OF THE PERSON….UNTIL THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IS ABLE TO DO AN AUTOPSY. Lapatin: We’re just going to take the remains to the medical examiner’s office. We’ll do the autopsy tomorrow morning and we’ll see where it goes from there. AND WE WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO MENTION THAT THIS IS THE AREA WHERE POLICE WERE SEARCHING FOR 73 YEAR OLD ANA MARTINEZ IN DECEMBER….SHE WANDERED OFF FROM HER HOME JUST A HALF MILE AWAY FROM HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ON CHRISTMAS MORNING… SHE IS STILL MISSING….BUT POLICE EMPHASIZE AGAIN THEY DON’T KNOW WHOSE BODY THEY HAVE FOUND TODAY…THAT IDENTIFCATION IS EXPECTED TO COME TOMORROW. REPORTING LIVE IN PROVIDENCE SM EWN (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS IS TRACKING BREAKING NEWS WE FIRST REPORTED LIVE AT FIVE. HUMAN REMAINS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED IN PROVIDENCE. (MM) THE REMAINS ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF BEING IDENTIFIED AFTER BEING FOUND ALONG THE WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER TODAY IN THE OLNEYVILLE SECTION OF THE CITY. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER… STEPH MACHADO IS LIVE IN PROVIDENCE WITH MORE DETAILS ON THIS BREAKING NEWS. POLICE AND THE MEDICAL EXAMINER ARE NOW WORKING TO DETERMINE WHO THIS PERSON IS….THEIR BODY PULLED OUT OF THE RIVER THIS AFTERNOON. IT WAS A CITY OF PROVIDENCE CLEAN-UP CREW TRIMMING TREES ON THE BANKS OF THE WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER THAT DISCOVERED HUMAN REMAINS IN THE WATER….AND CALLED THE POLICE. Maj. David Lapatin/Providence Police Department: It looks like the body has been there for a while MAJOR DAVID LAPATIN SAYS IT’S TOO SOON TO KNOW IF FOUL PLAY IS INVOLVED, BECAUSE FIRST THEY NEED TO IDENTIFY THE BODY WHICH HE SAYS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN IN THE RIVER FOR MONTHS. Lapatin: We have no idea who that is right now DETECTIVES COMBED THE SAN SOUCI DRIVE SCENE AND CALLED IN THE MEDICAL EXAMINER…. CREWS USED A RAFT AND A LADDER TO BRING THE BODY UP FROM THE RIVER…. LAPATIN WOULD NOT YET COMMENT ON THE BODY’S CONDITION OR THE PERSON’S GENDER…. ONLY TO SAY POLICE ARE LEANING ONE WAY ON GENDER BUT NEED CONFIRMATION FROM THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S AUTOPSY. Lapatin: They’re taking the remains to the state morgue and an autopsy will be performed tomorrow AND YOU MAY RECALL THERE WAS A SEARCH IN THIS VERY AREA FOR A 73 YEAR WOMAN IN DECEMBER…ANA MARTINEZ WANDERED AWAY FROM HER CURTIS STREET HOME A HALF MILE FROM HERE EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING….SHE IS STILL MISSING BUT POLICE EMPHASIZE THEY HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED THIS BODY YET AND ARE WAITING FOR THE AUTOPSY. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE WITH THE MOBILE NEWSROOM STEPH MACHADO EYEWITNESS NEWS

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