EXETER—An investigation is currently underway after Rhode Island State Police were informed this past Friday that human remains were in a wooded area near Purgatory Road in Exeter. A Warwick resident who was walking the area in preparation for deer hunting season made the discovery.
The RISP’s Detective Bureau has joined members from the Office of State Medical Examiner to recover and examine further the remains. Authorities are treating the person’s death as a homicide until other causes are proven.
“We haven’t ruled out any possibilities, and there will be an autopsy [on Monday], and maybe results later in the week,” said Major Todd Catlow, detective commander for RISP. “We will go from there as leads follow.”
“Whenever we have a death investigation, we go into it considering it is a homicide so we have the mindset and evidence we need to process it the right way,” he added. “Down the road, if we find out it was a homicide, [we can] investigate it properly.”
Although RISP has no official determination as to the person’s identity, they have recognized a recent disappearance in the area. Mamadou N. Fal-Camara, 42, originally of Newportville, Penn., and more recently Brockton, Mass., had left the Phoenix House in Exeter on May 3 and has not been seen since. The Phoenix House is approximately three miles away from the wooded area where the human remains were found.
RISP has emphasized that no connection between Fal-Camara’s disappearance and the human remains can yet be made.
Karen Sodomick, spokesperson for The Phoenix House, declined to comment on whether Fal-Camara was a patient at the drug treatment center.