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Elderly woman's death ruled a homicide

December 2, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Following autopsy results, the death of 83-year-old Pauline E. Buco, whose body was found by a family member in her home on Saturday afternoon, has been ruled a homicide.
Pawtucket Police have been extremely tight-lipped about Buco’s death since officers were called to her single-family home at 496 Beverage Hill Ave. by a family member who acts as a caretaker. The family member told police that Buco, who lived alone, was dead inside the house.
Police Major Arthur Martins has been telling the news media since Sunday that police were waiting for autopsy results. He declined to provide any details about Buco’s injuries or where she was found. He and other police officers involved in the case had said, however, that certain factors led investigators to conclude that the death appeared suspicious.
Late Wednesday night, the Pawtucket Police Department issued a brief press release saying only that after an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office, Buco’s death had been ruled a homicide.
The press release went on to state that the Pawtucket Police were continuing to investigate this crime and urged anyone with information to contact Detective Donti Rosciti at 727-9100, ext. 737 or Detective David Silva at 727-9100, ext. 760.
According to previous reports, Pauline Buco, a Pawtucket native, had resided at the tidy, ranch-style home for many years.


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