2017-09-07 / Front Page

Police ID body found in water off Beavertail

33-year-old Warwick man reported missing on Aug. 30

State troopers have identified the body found in the waters off Beavertail Monday as Patrick P. Carey, 33, of Warwick. According to Col. Ann Assumpico, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, Carey’s family reported him missing to Warwick authorities on Aug. 30

Shortly after noon on Labor Day, police responded to a call from a park visitor who witnessed Carey’s body floating in the West Passage near the first parking lot. Because of the body’s condition, Jamestown Police Chief Ed Mello estimated the water for more than 24 hours before being discovered.

First-responders in town routinely are dispatched to the cliffs at Beavertail because of fishermen who slip on the rocks, although Mello said there was no evidence the man was fishing. He also didn’t rule out foul play, but said no evidence backed up that theory, either.

“There was no clear indication of the cause of death,” he said. “Until we hear from the medical examiner, everything is open.”

A spokeswoman from the state medical examiner’s office said an autopsy has been completed and they’re awaiting a toxicology report, although she isn’t sure whether doctors will order further testing. If that’s the case, it could take up to 90 days to release the cause of death, she said.


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