PAWTUCKET — Based on autopsy results and other evidence, the Pawtucket Police confirmed Thursday that the cause of death of a young couple found inside their apartment at 125 Goff Avenue on Wednesday was a murder/suicide.
The deceased were identified as Frederico Rico, 21, and Natasha Marshall, 23. According to Major Arthur Martins, the state Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Marshall's death as homicide. The manner of death was found to be asphyxiation due to strangulation. The manner of death of Rico is being preliminarily determined as asphyxiation by hanging.
The investigation has led Pawtucket Police to conclude that Rico murdered Marshall following some type of domestic dispute and then committed suicide, Martins said. There had been some arguing for a short period of time, and several handwritten notes were found in the apartment revealing “sufficient facts” which were supported by physical evidence on which police based their conclusions, he said. He declined to provide any details about the nature of the notes.
Martins said the couple had been dating for some time and were living together in the apartment at The Lofts 125, a renovated mill building that was formerly part of the Union Wadding complex. They had moved in approximately a month ago.
According to various reports, Rico was a member of the Air Force National Guard and Marshall had been in training to work as a correctional officer at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls.
Pawtucket Police had been called to the couple's apartment at around 12:15 p.m. to investigate the discovery of two bodies. Marshall's father had gone to the apartment after learning that his daughter had failed to show up for work. He and the property manager entered the apartment and found the bodies, Martins said.
When officers arrived, they found a deceased male, later identified as Rico, who had a coaxial cable tied around his neck. The cable was attached to a railing on an upper landing of the loft-style apartment. A deceased female, who turned out to be Marshall, was found in her bed. There was no evidence of physical trauma found on her body, so police had been awaiting the autopsy results to determine the cause of death.