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.