NP police: Man found in local woods is in stable condition

NP police: Man found in local woods is in stable condition

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Police say a man found in the woods near his home on June 4, after going missing a day earlier, is in stable condition.

On June 3, at around 11:45 a.m., members of the North Providence Police Department were notified that 76-year-old Richard Cote was reported missing from his Homewood Avenue home.

A Silver Alert was issued through the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association for assistance in locating Cote. An initial search for Cote in the general area of his home did not result in him being found.

On Monday morning, June 4, the North Providence Police Department requested the help of the Rhode Island State Police K-9 Unit in attempt to locate Cote. Corporal Scott Carlsten and Trooper Charles Bergeron of the Rhode Island State Police were assigned to assist.

At around 10:15 a.m., members of the North Providence Police and State Police K-9 Unit conducted a search in a heavily wooded area abutting Cote’s neighborhood and the campus of Rhode Island College. Thirty-five minutes later, Bergeron and his dog, Zeus, found Cote, who was lying face down. He was conscious and alert, but in need of medical attention. He was transported to Fatima Hospital by North Providence Rescue for medical evaluation.

“I am happy to report, as a result of the collaboration between the Cote family, North Providence Police and the Rhode Island State Police, Mr. Cote was found conscious and in stable condition considering his exposure to the cool overnight temperatures and rainy weather conditions," said Chief David Tikoian. "The swift assistance provided by the Rhode Island State Police, particularly Trooper Bergeron and his canine Zeus, without question, allowed for a very positive outcome in this case.”