Smithfield PD still not naming victims from ‘suspicious’ deaths at Jersey Park Apartments

Published 4:48 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Smithfield Police are still not releasing the names of two people who died yesterday at Jersey Park Apartments under what a department news release described as “suspicious” circumstances.

Police often withhold the identities of deceased crime victims until their next of kin can be located and told. In this case, the victims’ families have been notified, Smithfield Police Investigations Lt. William Wooley told The Smithfield Times by phone on July 19.

Officers responded to an apartment complex in the 700 block of Wrenn Road, off West Main Street, on July 18, where, according to the news release, they found bullet casings.

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The “exact cause of death remains unknown at this time,” the news release stated, though a neighbor at the scene  described the incident as a “shooting.”

Police may decide to release additional information at a later date, Wooley said.

“We understand the concern and interest of the community and the media in obtaining more information about this case,” the police news release stated. “However, to protect the integrity of the investigation and maintain the privacy of the victims and their families, specific details regarding the identities of the victims and any potential suspects cannot be disclosed at this stage.” 

Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department, the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or use the P3 Tips App. Information that leads to an arrest can earn the caller a cash reward of up to $1,500 while remaining anonymous and not having to appear in court.