Police considering new approach in Cumberland homicide

(J.P. Smollins, WPRI-TV)
(J.P. Smollins, WPRI-TV)

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — Sunday marked exactly a year since Stanley J. Stowik Sr. was found dead at his Cumberland home, and while investigators ruled it a homicide, no one has been arrested.

The death of Stowik, 80, on October 9, 2015, was deemed “very suspicious,” police said at the time. The Rhode Island State Medical Examiner’s office determined homicidal violence was what killed him. But neither agency would elaborate on the circumstances or clues.

This past weekend, Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais told Eyewitness News there was no new information in the case, but said, “We will be taking a new and aggressive approach to this investigation.”

Eyewitness News contacted Stowik’s family, but no one from his family wished to comment on the investigation.

Stowik was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War, and left four daughters and two sons, six grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces.

Stowik’s next-door neighbor, William Donnelly, was arrested shortly after the homicide was discovered, but on charges of property stolen from Attleboro, Mass.; he was never charged in the homicide. The fact he lived next door to a homicide scene was coincidental.