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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.