December 4 2014

– Pawtucket police are turning to social media in hopes of solving a decades-old cold case.

Police have created a Facebook page dedicated to Wendy Madden.

Madden’s body was discovered behind the former Jan’s Place in Pawtucket on March 13, 1991. The 23-year-old was an occasional patron at the bar, which has since been torn down.

Madden was last seen in the area of Cross Street and Railroad Street on the Pawtucket/Central Falls line late that night. She was wearing a short black leather jacket, a black shirt, blue jeans, and cream-colored leather boots.

Pawtucket Detective Sue Cormier joined the force two years after Madden’s death. The case stayed on her mind, and in 2013 she reopened the file. With the help of Facebook, Cormier has discovered friends of Madden that had yet to be interviewed in the case.

“You can reach so many people in a short amount of time,” she said. “Like the branches of a tree, it just continues.”

A lot has changed since the night Madden was strangled to death – her parents have passed, witnesses have died – but Cormier refuses to give up.

“All detectives like to have closure to each case and have justice for the family and the victim,” Cormier added. “You want to solve the case. You don’t want to be defeated.”

If you have any information about this cold case, contact Det. Cormier at (401) 727-9100 ext 756.

– Rochelle Lefebvre


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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