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Drowning confirmed in death of woman


WESTERLY — A Rhode Island medical examiner has confirmed that an 83-year-old Westerly woman was a drowning victim. Westerly police and a representative of the examiner’s office on the scene of the drowning Sunday said that no foul play was suspected. An autopsy was completed Monday.

The body of the woman, Giuseppella Ferraro of Fairview Avenue, was discovered in the Pawcatuck River near the Viking Marina by a man walking his dog near the docks. The police were called to the scene shortly after 8:15 a.m. and Ferraro was pronounced dead by Westerly Ambulance Corps members after her body was taken out of the water.

Police said Ferraro’s family reported that she had left her house just a few hours before her body was discovered. A witness said he also saw her on Saturday at about 1 p.m. sitting in the grass in an area just before the entrance to the parking lot at the Mermaid Cafe on Margin Street. That same man was asked by police on Sunday to identify the woman’s body as the same woman he saw the previous day sitting on the banks of the Pawcatuck River. According to many she had been seen taking walks previous to that day.

No one else reported seeing Ferraro on Sunday morning.

Ferraro was born in Italy, worked for Victor Electric, and was a full time homemaker.

Her family said she enjoyed vegetable gardening, cooking and taking walks.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren.



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