Tip in homicide case leads investigators to Providence pond

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — Police conducted a search Monday in Providence after receiving a tip regarding an unsolved murder in Cumberland.

Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais confirmed members of his department and Rhode Island State Police searched a pond at Button Hole Golf Course.

According to Desmarais, investigators received information related to the murder of 80-year-old Stanley J. Stowik Sr., who was found dead inside his Indiana Avenue home last year.

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.

Police searched this pond Monday at Button Hole Golf Course
Police searched this pond Monday at Button Hole Golf Course

Stowik’s family and friends announced last month 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.

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.

Charlie Mitchell knows Stowick’s daughter from the Filibuster Club. “I wish people would just come together and get around this family,” he said. “Give them some hope, at least that. Right now they have nothing, they have no idea what went on.”

Mitchell also made a plea for anyone who knew anything to call police, “don’t sit back and keep it to yourself.”

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