Police: Woman died after accidental fall from 3rd-story window


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The recent death of a woman in her 30s in Providence has been deemed accidental, city police announced Tuesday.

The woman’s body was found just after 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 75 Wendell St., in the city’s West End. Police on Tuesday identified her as 32-year-old Marangley Colon.

According to Major David Lapatin, investigators believe Colon was throwing objects out of a third-story window and fell to her death.

“So she raised the screen, and threw the objects, and what it appears now is that she lost her balance and went out the window and fell to her death,” Lapatin said. 

When officers responded to 911 calls early Sunday, no one was inside Colon’s third-story apartment, according to Lapatin. He said Colon’s boyfriend later arrived at the scene and told police the couple had been arguing earlier in the night, and she began throwing objects out the window at him as he drove away. Investigators said the boyfriend didn’t witness the fall, and was cooperating with authorities. 

Lapatin said when Colon’s body was discovered, it was unclear if foul play had contributed to her death, so police began investigating it as a homicide.

“She had a wound on her head. [Officers] observed a window open on the third floor of this tenement house,” Lapatin said. “At this point we weren’t sure whether this wound was only as a result of the fall, or if she had been struck or shot prior to her going out the window.”

Lapatin said the medical examiner later determined Colon’s only injuries were those sustained in the fall. 

“We’re considering this an accidental death,” he said. “It was unfortunate.”

He said if any evidence emerges to suggest Colon’s death was not an accident, they will review it. 

This story is developing and will be updated, and we’ll have more from police in a live report on Eyewitness News starting at 5.

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