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Photo of John Fay who was found brutally murdered in a wooded park in Warwick, RI.

In May 2013 an individual jogging a bike path in City Park, located in Warwick, RI came across the body of a murdered man in a garbage can. Warwick police soon identified the man as John Jack Fay, 66, a retired postal worker and avid runner.

City Park is in the neighborhood of Buttonwoods, where Mr. Fay lived prior to his death. He would use the walking path regularly as his running trail and would usually be out there in the early morning hours.

Police believe Mr. Fay was jogging along the path when he was attacked and killed early on Friday morning, and say there was a violent struggle with Fay fighting desperately for his life.

“We have determined that the attacker or the assailant might have hurt himself and have injuries consistent with being involved in a violent attack. We know that Mr. Fay defended himself rigorously and we suspect that the attacker might have more injuries as a result,” said Officer Robert Nelson of the Warwick Police Department.

The trash bin (barrel) which Fay was cruelly thrown in had been covered with brush. His body was spotted hours later.

Police still don’t know whether the attack was random or if Fay was targeted and it’s possible that more than one attacker was involved. In fact, Fay was a strong, fit man and his family believes two people would have had to of subdued him.

In addition to patrolling the park, investigators are actively searching for whoever’s responsible for Fay’s death.

“We’re asking for anybody’s help as far as the public is concerned with any information they can give us in regards to this,” Nelson said.

Seven year old Michelle Norris was found murdered on May 30, 1988 on a wooded hill behind Brook Street. The little girl had disappeared 4 days earlier outside a local Schoolyard (Captain G. Harold Hunt Elementary School) in Central Falls. Her bruised body had been beaten, raped and then suffocated to death.

Authorities classified Michelle’s death as a murder, bringing to five the number of young children who have died in the Providence area recently after being reported missing.

Sadly Michelle was not the only young Rhode Island girl to be a victim of homicide that year.

It was a cold winter day, January 6th, 1988, when Ten year old Christine Cole of Pawtucket made her way down the road to head to the local supermarket to get milk for her Mother. She had just turned 10 years old two days prior, being in the double digits, she wanted to be more independant. That was the last time anyone say the little girl alive. on February 28th, 1988 Christina was found murdered on the beach at Conimicut Point in Warwick, RI. Her body washed ashore.

The medical examiner who performed an autopsy on the body said that she would not rule the death a homicide unless police provide her with evidence indicating foul play. However, authorities suspect foul play as she was one of five children to be murdered in a five month span in Rhode Island.

If you have any information about these two cases please call the Rhode Island State Police at (401) 721-2622 or (401) 721-2618. – Or go to

– Questions Surround Rhode Island Man’s Death Weeks After Disappearance –

Thirty-one year old Christopher Schmeller was reported missing by friends on September 30, 2002. On October 10, 2002 Tuesday morning about 10 feet down an embankment in a wooded area near the weigh station, his body was found. The Westerly Rhode Island Fisherman had died as a result of blunt trauma. The area was just off of Interstate 95 in Waterford, Connecticut and has had dead bodies left there before. Police from both Connecticut and Rhode Island have worked on the case and have labeled Schmeller’s death as suspicious. A friend of his had reported that he was last seen at the Superior Court House in Wakefield and had been nervous about finding a ride home because of an individual he had feared was there at the time. If you have any information about the suspicious death of Christopher Schmeller please contact the Waterford Police Department at (860)-442-9451 or the Westerly, Rhode Island Police Department at 401-596-2022.

Unknown Hit and Run Driver Still Eludes Justice

On December 23, 1982, 15 year old Sherry Miller and her brother in law were walking along Route 101 in the town of Dayville, just miles from the Rhode Island border. Just before 9PM that night, She was fatally hit by an older model dark-colored pick-up-truck. The vehicle was described as having damage to the right front side it was also missing a mirror and a radio antennae. It has been 25 years since this hit and run driver has eluded justice and her family desperately wants to find the individual(s) responsible for her untimely death. If you have any information, please call the State Police at Troop D at 860-779-3900.

Bones Found On Beach Don’t Answer All The Questions Regarding College Freshman That Disappeared

The first year of college can always be an adjustment. For 18 year old New Jersey resident, Bryan Nisenfeld, it proved to be more that just that. On February 6th, 1997, the architecture major left a college class and seemingly disappeared. At first it seemed that the Roger Williams College student may have taken off, he had been homesick and emotionally upset. College officials notified Nisenfeld’s parents six days later that their son was missing. It seemed through various reports that College officials and the Bristol Police Department thought that Nisenfeld ran away. Six months later a woman and her daughter were walking along Hog’s Beach when they came across a boot with a human foot in it. DNA testing later revealed that the foot and a bone found nearby belonged to Nisenfeld. College officials and Bristol Police theorized that Nisenfeld may have slipped on some rocks and fell into the water or that he committed suicide by jumping off the Mt. Hope Bridge. However, Nisenfeld had received threats from a former Roger Williams College student that he knew during his first semester. It is not clear if Nisenfeld was friends with or romatically involved with this other male student. However, just days before Nisenfeld disappeared, this former student allegedly threatened him via a phone call to come back to campus and harm Nisenfeld. Suicide, accident or murder, we may never know. If you know anything about the death of Bryan Nisenfeld you are urged to call the Rhode Island State Police at (401)444-1000.