The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is not providing specifics on why it is now ruling the death this July of 53-year-old Patricia Anne Rice as a sudden death after previously treating it as a homicide.
Deputy Chief Bill Janes told reporters this afternoon the decision to label Rice's passing as a sudden death is based on a volume of information compiled over the last 10 weeks.
He said in the case of a sudden death, the RNC does not publicly provide a specific cause of death.
Barring the availability of new information relating to Rice's death, the investigation has otherwise concluded, he said.
Rice's body was discovered in a field in Paradise on July 25 near a McDonald's location on Topsail Road. She had been reported missing the day before.
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The RNC announced this afternoon the death of Patricia Rice, whose remains were discovered in Paradise July 25, is no longer being treated as a homicide.
The RNC says the case is now classified as a sudden death investigation.
A news release notes that, at the time of the discovery, there was reason to suspect death was suspicious, and a homicide investigation was commenced. The investigation failed to find support for a conclusion of homicide, and recent laboratory results provided by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner casts further doubt that this is a homicide.
The RNC Major Crime Unit is asking anyone with information in relation to the incident to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.