Medical Examiner: Grier was Beaten to Death
Cranston Police continue to investigate the death of Mary S. Grier, formerly of Massachusetts, who was found dead in a garage on Farmington Avenue on July 20.
Mary S. Grier died from injuries sustained during acts of homicidal violence, according to the state Medical Examiner's office.
Grier was found dead inside a garage behind the house at 391 Farmington Avenue earlier this month. Cranston Police officially identified her today and released the cause of death.
Grier, 20, last lived on Handy Street in Providence. Before that, she lived in Dorchester, Mass., where friends and relatives said she was quiet and shy but showed a lot of promise.
She moved to Cranston in 2010, family members said.
James Adams, a convicted rapist being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions on new, unrelated rape and assault charges, has been named as a person of interest in Grier's death by Cranston Police.
Cranston Police Chief Col. Marco Palombo said that Grier's death remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call CPD's criminal investigation unit at 401-942-2211.
Adams was apprehended in Providence on July 25 on charges of felony assault for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman about a month ago at the same Farmington Avenue address where Grier was found dead.
Since then, Adams was charged with rape and robbery by Johnston police for an attack on a woman on School Street in that town. Police said that rape occurred on April 25.
Adams was paroled in 2010 after serving seven years of a 20 year sentence for raping a woman in Warwick in 2005.