NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a man was found dead inside of a North Providence home Friday afternoon.
Officers discovered the 44-year-old man while conducting a well-being check at a home on Leo Avenue, according to North Providence Police Chief Alfred Ruggiero.
While searching the residence, the police chief said officers discovered a plastic Target bag with an white powdery substance inside.
The home was evacuated out of an abundance of caution and the North Providence Fire Department was called in to assess the situation, according to Ruggiero.
The fire department’s decontamination team removed the substance and searched the home for any other potential hazards.
Ruggiero said the substance tested negative for narcotics, but is being sent to the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory for further analysis.
The man appears to have overdosed, though the police chief said the state medical examiner will determine his exact cause of death.
Ruggiero declined to identify the man, adding that he doesn’t expect any additional information to be released until next week.