Missing RI man confirmed dead; family to hold memorial services

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The family of a Rhode Island man reported missing last summer will hold memorial services for him this weekend.

Rhode Island State Police Maj. Joseph Philbin told Eyewitness News Thursday that Kerry Mello, 36, is deceased. No further details were provided, but Philbin confirmed that state police are still investigating.

According to Mello’s obituary, the Providence native died on August 19, 2015.

Mello was last seen in August and his disappearance triggered an investigation involving both Rhode Island and Massachusetts police.

Back in November, multiple homes in Warwick were searched in connection with Mello’s disappearance. Eyewitness News cameras captured investigators in the backyard of a home on Shannon Drive. State Police wouldn’t say what was taken away in evidence bags, only confirming the investigation was connected to Mello’s disappearance.

At the time, authorities told Eyewitness News they tracked down Mello’s car, first described as a 2002 black Infiniti i35. It was found abandoned in Boston and was turned over to Massachusetts 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 said in November.

When asked if federal authorities were 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.”

The circumstances surrounding Mello’s death remain under investigation, according to police.

In his obituary, Mello was described as someone who had a quick wit and enjoyed making others laugh. He leaves behind three children.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Perry-McStay Funeral Home on Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence.

Eyewitness News reached out to a family member of Mello’s who did not want to comment on the case. 

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