Family offers $10,000 reward in unsolved Cumberland killing

Cumberland murder victim Stanley Stowik

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — The family and friends of a Cumberland man killed at his home are still looking to find a sense of closure more than a year later.

Sunday marked exactly one year since 80-year-old Stanley J. Stowik Sr. was found dead inside his Indiana Avenue home.

Investigators called Stowik’s death “very suspicious” and said the cause was determined to be homicidal violence, but police have yet to make an arrest.

Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais said on Monday that there was no new information in the case, but added that police “will be taking a new and aggressive approach to this investigation.”

On Tuesday, Stowik’s family and friends announced they would be offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the killing.

Stowik was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War. He left behind four daughters, two sons, six grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces.Cumberland homicide reward poster

Stowik’s neighbor, William Donnelly, was arrested shortly after the homicide on unrelated charges. Donnelly was never charged in the homicide and the fact that he lived next door was coincidental.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department at (401) 333-2500 or send an anonymous tip to