‘It’s the unknown’: Residents, fishermen push for answers after body found in Coventry pond

Rhode Island State Police are seen at Carbuncle Pond in Coventry after a woman's dead body was found, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (WLNE)

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE) — A local community was left rattled last month, after the body of a woman was found in Carbuncle Pond.

The body was found on Dec. 21 by a fisherman near a dock. The Department of Environmental Management deemed the death suspicious.

“We were like, ‘Oh, my god, that’s where we fish,’ and we fish all the time. Did we see it happen? You know?” said Jerry Porter Sr., who often fishes at the pond with his son.

He said he’s been coming to the pond for 50 years and has never seen it so empty since the body was found. Now, he’s urging authorities for more clarity on the situation.

“I think that it’s the unknown. You don’t know if it’s somebody around here, who did it, is it going to happen again?” he said.

His son, Jerry Porter Jr., often comes to the pond at night to fish and enjoy the nature. He said that’s all changed now.

“There’s usually quite a few people fishing walking but there’s a lot less lately,” said Porter Jr.

The Department of Environmental Management said Rhode Island State Police were leading the investigation, but the agency has remained tight-lipped.

The woman’s name has not been released, but family members confirmed it was not the body of Charlotte Lester, a Warwick woman who has been missing since the summer.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s the unknown, you know. You come up here all the time — is it going to happen again?”

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