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Body of North Providence woman reported missing found in stairwell

Judith O’Brien

Rhode Island State Police said Tuesday that a body found in the stairwell of an apartment building is that of a North Providence woman who was reported missing.

The body of 61-year-old Judith O'Brien was found Friday in a stairwell at 1245 Smith St. in Providence.

O’Brien was reported missing to North Providence police on Aug. 15. She was last seen Aug. 3 in the area of Greenwood Credit Union in Warwick after leaving her home in North Providence.

A joint investigation by the Rhode Island State Police and the North Providence Police Department led to the discovery of her body in a stairwell at the apartment building.

State police did not say how the woman died. They said the results of an autopsy are pending.

However, a man has been charged in connection to her death.

The Providence Journal reported that John Seal has been charged him with failure to report a death.

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