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Murder victim found off I-295 identified as missing Providence man

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LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man who’s been missing for several weeks was found murdered near a rest stop along I-295.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Jose Segura, 50.

According to Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Kevin Barry, hikers discovered Segura’s body on Friday in a wooded area at the Lincoln-Cumberland line. He said the body was partially clothed and showed obvious signs of murder.

Segura had last been seen in the area of the Dexter Street Training Ground on Tuesday, Nov. 3, according to Providence police, and he was reported missing a week later.

Jose Segura (Photo: Providence Police Department)

Providence police said they were contacted by state police on Monday and the two departments have since launched a joint investigation. The state medical examiner’s office determined Segura’s death was a homicide.

As for whether he was murdered at the rest stop or his body was placed there, Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements told Target 12 it’s unclear at this time.

“It’s a wide-open investigation,” he said.

Barry said Segura’s family was being notified on Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Captain Tim O’Hara at (401) 243-6360 or tohara@providenceri.gov, or Detective Commander Major John Alfred at (401) 764-5605 or john.alfred@risp.gov.

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 managing editor and chief investigative reporter at 12 News, and the host of Newsmakers. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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