Divers search for missing East Providence man

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EAST PROVIDENCE — A combined effort of local law enforcement personnel continued the search for missing city man Daniel Larue Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Members of the Rhode Island State Police and East Providence Police Department extended the investigation into the disappearance of the 20-year-old Rumford resident.

The East Providence Post and eastbayri.com confirmed the State Police Marine Unit assisted the EPPD’s search of the Seekonk River Wednesday.

According to State Police Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist, his department provided two Zodiac boats manned by divers and a State Police K-9 team for the search.

Ltc. Winquist said the teams remained in the frigid waterway for only a short period of time, suspending the search due to the icy conditions.

He added, the State Police aquatics teams would likely once again be made available to assist in the search, if necessary, later in the week when warmer weather and milder conditions are expected.

State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven O’Donnell also noted the the ice pack on the water “prohibited” any substantive dive by the team.

Mr. Larue was first reported missing on Thursday, Jan. 2. An official missing persons search has been ongoing since Saturday, Jan. 4.

Lieutenant Michael David, the lead detective on the case for the EPPD, declined to enter into specific reasons for the water search or anything else related to the matter.

“We continue to follow up any leads that are developed as to Mr. LaRue’s whereabouts,” Lt. David wrote in an email exchange. “Out of respect for the privacy of Mr. LaRue’s family; and to maintain the integrity of the investigation; I am unable to provide specifics on the search.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Larue is asked to contact the East Providence Police Department immediately at (401) 435-7600.
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