Police Get a Break In a Pawtucket Cold Case
Acting on a valuable tip, police searched a pond in Pawtucket all day, hoping to find the gun that killed 63-year-old Carl Seebeck back in 2008. Seebeck was shot three and a half years ago on his way to a bus stop in Pawtucket. Investigators say he was headed to work, when they believe an attempted robbery went terribly wrong.
Divers wrapped up the search for the gun when they ran out of daylight. Police say much of what they recovered was covered in sludge. Some of it, was even unidentifiable, after so much time in the pond.
Detective Sargeant Robert Winsor of the Pawtucket Police Department says, “obviously they're having difficulty doing the search and that's why it's taking such a long time.”
Divers used their hands and metal detectors to sift through the murky waters of the pond believed to hold the gun used in the 2008 murder of Carl Seebeck.
What they did find, was wrapped up and prepared for forensics. Detective Sargeant Winsor said earlier today, “at this point we're not sure what we've recovered.”
It was an all hands on deck operation at a pond off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway. State police divers, the Pawtucket Police Department, and members of the fire department lined the street starting at 8am. Launching a search that could solve a cold case with close ties the police department. Seebeck is the brother of Pawtucket Police Captain John Seebeck.
Winsor said the personal connection for members of the police department will not get in the way of the work that needs to be done. Captain Seebeck was not at the scene because of his conflict of interest.
“It's a very sad case, and on top of it Carl Seebeck was a family man, and it's just very sad,” said Winsor.
State Police roped off an area of the pond about the size of a football field where they limited their search. The deepest part of the pond was only about five feet.
Captain Darren Delaney of the Rhode Island State Police says, “we're using our technology and experienced divers and we feel confident if there is something in there we will find it.”
In the pond they found everything from bottles and bicycle tires to even a shopping cart, but still will not confirm if they've found the gun.
“They're having problems actually seeing their metal detectors because of the zero visibility conditions that they're under,” said Windsor.
Detectives say they will take the items retrieved from the pond to forensics to be analyzed. They won't know for a couple of days if the gun they're looking for is in the pile they recovered.