EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The body of an East Providence man who’s been missing for more than a month washed ashore on Tuesday.
Dennis “Mousey” Lonardo Sr., 61, was reported missing in early March after he went overboard near the East Providence Yacht Club. Police said he lived alone on a boat in the pier.
An extensive search for Lonardo lasted several days until it was eventually called off, though his family continued to search for him in hopes of finding closure.
Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a woman walking near the East Bay Bike Path in the area of Veterans Memorial Parkway reported seeing a possible body along the waterline.
A tattoo on the man’s left arm helped police identify the body, and a family member later confirmed it was Lonardo.
Lonardo’s body has since been removed and the cause of his death is being investigated by the state medical examiner’s office.
Police said foul play is not suspected at this time.
Lonardo’s family, however, released a statement Tuesday saying they still have “significant concerns about the circumstances and cause of our father’s death,” and they’re anxiously awaiting an update from police on the investigation.
The family also said that while it seemed the news of Lonardo’s death was inevitable, “it still comes as a shock.”
“Thankfully, finding him and being able to finally lay him to rest will bring a small measure of closure to our family,” they wrote.
“Finally, we would like to acknowledge and thank the passerby who found our father,” the family continued. “That, in and of itself, must have been a traumatic experience for her but we hope that she is comforted by the knowledge of the peace that she has given us.”