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Body found in Providence stairwell identified

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The body found in a stairwell last week has been identified as a missing woman from North Providence.

State police say 61-year-old Judith O’Brien was found dead at an apartment building on Smith Street in Providence last Friday.

ABC6 News spoke to friends of O’Brien who were shocked and saddened about the news.

“Very nice person, she would give you anything you ask for, she was very generous,” said neighbor Brenda Pitts.

“She was a good person, that’s such a shame the way they found her and everything,” said neighbor Florence Robideau.

Her longtime boyfriend reported her missing back on August 15th after disappearing from her North Providence apartment on Mineral Spring Avenue.

“It was a shock for her because she was always with him or here,” said Pitts.

Last week, Rhode Island State Police announced that a body of a woman was found inside a stairwell at a Providence apartment building on Smith Street.

They confirmed it was O’Brien late Tuesday morning.

“I’m upset about it, she was good people,” said Robideau.

Police are not calling her death a murder, but they do say she was last seen with a friend, 57-year-old John Seal, although they are not saying if he is a suspect.

Many are now on edge after their friend’s sudden death. Some even are thinking about moving out of the apartment complex for good.

“I’m feeling uncomfortable living here, I’m ready to move, and I’m really ready to move,” said Pitts.

The investigation is on-going.

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