East Providence authorities were called just after midnight on Monday when a tugboat in distress was spotted off Sabin Point. The boat had been reported stolen and was partially submerged when the search for anyone involved began. Sgt. Kenneth Luke says police in East Providence are still investigating the incident.
"D.E.M., the Harbor Patrol, and everybody else came in and did their investigation. Our V.C.I. unit went out and looked for evidence and prints. Other than that we're still investigating."
A man was found soaking wet on shore near the scene, but he told the police he had been out for a midnight swim and denied having anything to do with the boat.