Skeleton found under construction site identified

An apparent skeleton was discovered at a construction site on Prairie Avenue.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police have positively identified human remains that were discovered under the floor of a construction site last year.

The man was identified by police as Phillip P. Seals, born May 31, 1936. Police said he was known to have resided in Providence from 1976 until at least 1982, but may have been in the city prior to that.

His identity was confirmed by comparing the DNA from his bones to a mouth swab of a known relative.

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