Police: Car linked to missing man located in Boston

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Investigators are still searching for answers in the case of a missing Rhode Island man.

Multiple homes in Warwick have been searched in connection to the disappearance of Kerry Mello, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Mello, 36, hasn’t been seen or heard from since August, but his disappearance has triggered an investigation involving both Rhode Island and Massachusetts police.

Investigators were on scene at a home on Shannon Drive in Warwick Thursday, and police say it is the third residence searched in the city by officials investigating Mello’s disappearance.

Authorities told Eyewitness News Friday they have tracked down Mello’s car, first described as a 2002 black Infiniti i35. It was found abandoned in Boston and was turned over to  Mass. State Police.

“We’re working with out-of-state agencies, Massachusetts State Police and Warwick police on trying to piece together a missing person case,” said Col. Steven O’Donnell of the Rhode Island State Police.

When asked if federal authorities are involved in the investigation, O’Donnell said no, adding “but because it’s so sensitive, we decline to further talk about it for obvious reasons.”

Eyewitness News went to the Kent County Court House to look through search warrants for the three homes involved. A clerk said the records have been sealed.

Al Barriera, who owns the home on Shannon Drive, was seen outside the house on Thursday. He was also seen at another investigation back in August at a home on Louisiana Avenue.

When asked for a comment on the investigations Thursday, Barriera declined.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mello 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.

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