PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island State Police dive team and the Pawtucket Police spent most of Wednesday searching a small pond/swamp area off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway for a reported murder weapon. They came up with some âitemsâ that are being evaluated as possible evidence, according to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, although he stopped short of saying that the gun police had been looking for was found.
The object of the search was a gun used in the Aug. 29, 2008 murder of longtime Pawtucket resident Carl Seebeck. Seebeck, whose brother is Pawtucket Police Detectives Capt. John Seebeck, was on his way to work and heading to a bus stop in downtown Pawtucket in the predawn hours when he was shot to death near 300 Broadway. The murder of the 63-year-old man, which appeared to police as a robbery attempt, has remained unsolved.
The joint investigative effort, announced by Pawtucket Police, was based on what police described as information from a credible source that the gun used in the Seebeck homicide had been discarded in the swampy area, which is located behind soccer fields at Galego Court.
Pawtucket Police Detective Charles âChipâ Devine, in charge of the investigation, said that the dive was being supervised by State Police Capt. Darren Dellaney. Devine said that a digital photograph had been taken of the pond and a grid had been made to aid the divers, who used underwater metal detectors. Members of the Pawtucket Police Department were at the scene all day, along with personnel from the Pawtucket Fire Department in case any divers needed assistance, he added.
On Thursday afternoon, Martins said that the search had been concluded and the items, described as several pieces of possible evidence, were being analyzed. âThat's all we're saying at this time,â he added.