Rhode Island State Police Announces the Suspension of the Ground Search for Missing Coventry man


Rhode Island State Police Announces the Suspension of the Ground Search for a
Missing Coventry Man After Five Days Without Results

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and
Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that rescuers
have suspended the ground search for Michael Neary, 50, of 31 Brassie Court,
Coventry, whose wife had reported him missing to the Coventry Police Department last
Thursday (Aug. 3, 2017).

Mr. Neary’s car was found near a wooded area off Burnt Sawmill Road in West
Greenwich later that morning, prompting a massive search involving more than 150
state and local police, firefighters, rescue workers, K-9 units and volunteers over
the past five days. They have spent more than 50 hours scouring dozens of acres of
woods in the Big River Management Area without results.

Although the ground search was suspended as of 2 p.m. today, state and local police
will continue to pursue any additional leads. Anyone with information is asked to
call the Rhode Island State Police Hope Valley Barracks at 401-444-1068.

At this time, foul play is not suspected.

Colonel Assumpico wishes to thank the law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue
departments, other state and local agencies, and the many volunteers who have
assisted with the search. These include:

* Rhode Island State Police
* Coventry Police
* West Greenwich Police
* Warwick Police
* Rhode Island Environmental Police
* West Greenwich Fire and Rescue
* Exeter Fire and Rescue
* Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
* West Greenwich Emergency Management Agency
* Providence Emergency Management Agency
* Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)
* Task Force 2, which is comprised of volunteers from the Rhode Island Canine
Search and Rescue; Ocean State Search and Rescue; and Correctional Officers Search
and Rescue (COSAR)
* Providence Canteen 1 (Special Signal Fire Association)
* Volunteers from the community