WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The investigation into a missing man from Cranston brought State Police crime scene units to a home in Warwick’s Conimicut neighborhood Thursday morning.
A mobile crime lab was outside 117 Shannon Drive and the home was surrounded by crime scene tape.
State Police were seen working under a white tent in the backyard of the home and evidence was seen being taken from the yard in brown paper bags.
Rhode Island State Police Maj. Joseph Philbin told Eyewitness News the investigation is related to the disappearance of Kerry Mello. He also said Massachusetts State Police are the lead agency on the case.
Mello, 36, has not been seen or heard from since August 10.
The Cranston man was last seen in Providence. At the time of his disappearance, police said Mello was driving a black 2002 Infiniti i35 with Rhode Island license plate 368-350. The car was believed to be in the area of Warwick, but police said it may have been transported out of state since then.
Al Barriera owns the home on Shannon Drive. Eyewitness News asked him for a comment on the situation, but he declined.
Neighbor Dan Manchester said the neighborhood is always quiet.
“Very quiet residential area. No problems at all in the neighborhood,” he said. Manchester said he does know know Barriera.
Mark Hanna, who lives next door to Barriera, said he saw police looking through sheds and carrying things out of the yard.
He said he was surprised this was happening in Barriera’s yard.
“It’s like, they must have the wrong house,” he said.
State Police said Thursday’s investigation is the third search warrant they’ve issued in Warwick relating to Mello’s disappearance.
In August, police were outside a home on Louisiana Avenue. Barriera was also seen walking out of the home during that investigation.
Barriera said police woke him up Thursday and was not allowed back inside his home. State Police said the investigation is expected to continue on late into the night on Shannon Drive.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mello or this vehicle is urged to contact Rhode Island State Police at (401) 444-1000 or the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 993-2016.Annie Shalvey contributed to this report.