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WPD Investigates Overdose Death of Elmwood Avenue Business Owner

Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

UPDATE: This report has been updated with information from the property manager interviewed Tuesday and publicly available information from the RI Secretary of State.

WARWICK, RI  — Warwick Police are investigating a 30-year-old Warwick man’s overdose death at 2121 Elmwood Ave. at the man’s business, but have not identified the man or the business.

WPD Det. Commander Joseph Hopkins said in a release to media this afternoon that the business is next to Salon You Are You and Lindy’s Ice Cream in the plaza. A search warrant was served at the business Monday, Hopkins said.

“The investigation is still active, and as a result, no further information can be released at this time,” Hopkins said.

At the address, property manager Andrew Butler said the lot is home to a “handful” of businesses, more than the two listed by Warwick Police.

Butler said the man was discovered dead on Saturday in the mid-day hours. He declined to identify the business owner or his business, but described it as a legal business.

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According to the RI State Department’s business portal, there are four businesses at the site listed with up-to-date records: Salon You Are You, Lindy’s Ice Cream, Audio Visual Services, LLC, and Frozen Desserts, LLC.

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