W.Va. Man's Remains Found at Rhode Island Construction Site

By: The Associated Press, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: The Associated Press, WSAZ News Staff Email

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WSAZ) -- Police in Providence, Rhode Island have identified a West Virginia man whose remains were found last year a construction site.

Police say they were able to identify Phillip P. Seals through DNA from a relative.

According to the NBC affiliate in Providence, Seals was from Charleston and graduated from Garnet High School in 1953.

Investigators say Seals served in the Air Force and lived in Providence from at least 1976 to 1982. They believe he was about 45 years old when he died.

A construction crew renovating a building on Prairie Avenue in south Providence last July found a human skeleton buried under a concrete basement floor at the bottom of what used to be an elevator shaft.

"We have enough leads to keep us running with it. There will be a lot of people surprised when we come knocking on their door after 25 or 30 years, believe me," Maj. David Lapatin with the Providence Police Department said.

According to the Providence station, the building was constructed in 1917, but renovated in the 1970's and 1980's.

Workers also found a 1980s identification card from Rhode Island Hospital, a jacket with a fur collar, cigarettes and a bullet.

The case is now being investigated as a homicide.

"Right now, there is no connection to the building that he was in," Lapatin said.

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