2006-01-05 / Front Page

Suspicious death under investigation

By Donna K. Drago

As of Wednesday morning the Jamestown Police Department was still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Maurice Grandmaison, 62, of the Jamestown Village Apartments.

Grandmaison’s body was found by police after they received a 911 call at 7:35 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. It has not been determined who made the call.

Sgt. Frank Watson said yesterday that there were enough “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death to warrant further investigation. He said the Rhode Island State Police are assisting Jamestown in the investigation.

Major Stephen O’Donnell of the state police said that they are waiting on a full report from the medical examiner’s office before determining the cause of death. O’Donnell did not know when the results would be available, he said.

O’Donnell noted that there were no weapons found in Grandmaison’s apartment.

During the investigation, Watson said that they talked to residents of the apartment building at 21 Pemberton Ave., and will continue to follow up on any leads that arise.

A preliminary autopsy was performed on Sunday, Watson said, but police are still waiting on toxicology and other reports.

Watson stressed that they have not determined whether the death was accidental or a homicide.

No further information could be released while the investigation is underway, Watson said.

Jamestown has not had a murder for more than three decades.

Watson said that walkers found a body at Beavertail State Park about a dozen years ago. The man had been shot, and the body was burned and dumped at the park, but it was not determined where the man was actually killed, Watson said.

Prior to that incident, Watson said, Ralph Motyka was murdered in Jamestown in the 1960s. While he did not know for sure, Watson said he believed that Motyka’s head was smashed by a rock.

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