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HEALTH Office of State Medical Examiners Identifies Skeleton Under Basement Floor

Providence, RI: The Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of State Medical Examiners (OSME) in cooperation with the Providence Police Department and other agencies, has positively identified skeletal remains found under the floor of a factory basement in Providence in July 2013.

Phillip P. Seals was born on May 31, 1936. He is known to have resided in Providence from 1976 until at least 1982, and may also have been in Providence prior to 1976. His identity was confirmed by comparison of DNA from his skeleton with a buccal swab from a known relative.

The Rhode Island Department of Health thanks the Providence Police Department; forensic anthropologist Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine; the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NameUS); and the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, for their assistance in identifying Mr. Seals.

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