Human remains found at Central Falls construction site possibly tied to mid-1990s

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) — The human remains found at a Central Falls construction site in late October may not be as old as investigators originally thought.

The gruesome discovery of human remains initially had many pointing towards the former Sportsman Lounge. The business once sat at the Sheridan Street location and was known as one of New England’s largest cocaine operations in the early 1990s.

But, Central Falls police said it’s too early in the investigation to connect the remains to the Sportsman Lounge in its heyday.

Everything is very preliminary,” said Capt. Craig Viens, a 23-year veteran of the force who now oversees the Detective Unit. “We believe that the remains that were recovered there don’t date back as far as say, into the late 80s, early 90s.”

Hector Garcia was a well-known drug lord who owned the Sportsman Lounge in 1990, before it was raised by the DEA. It was then closed, taken over by U.S. Marshals, and sat vacant until 1995.

After digging into city files, ABC 6 News found the next business to come to the property was the “Sundance Spa.” According to city files, it was a “massage therapy facility,” which operated from 1995 to 1997.

The massage parlor was also subject to several investigations by the Central Falls Police Department back in the 90s. It’s unclear why they closed their doors for good.

But, the time frame in which the parlor operated may align with the decay of human remains recently found there.

“We believe that it is a little more recent. But again, that’s very preliminary,” said Viens.

Police couldn’t confirm what business the body may be connected to until they hear back from the Medical Examiners Office, which could take up to three months.

“It’s important that we take the time, and we do it right,” the captain said.” Once we get an identification, then the investigative process will start. From there, going back to find out who this person was, what were they involved in, where they lived, what did they do, and try to piece something together.”

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