Friendship between Two Women takes Fatal Turn

Murder of Cynthia Kane in West Warwick, Rhode IslandIt was September 9, 2002 when Cynthia Kane-Clark was found dead on her couch in the apartment she lived in at 306 Washington Street in West Warwick.   The 30 year old mother had been shot point blank in the head while she slept.  Police theorized that whoever killed Kane-Clark knew her.

Attention would soon focus on a friend of hers named Dawn Shippee.  Shippee was a thirty year old mother of three who lived in Coventry.  She and the Kane-Clark became friends after meeting one another in a drug treatment facility.  But things had become strained between the two.  Shippee had started dating the father of Kane-Clark’s child.

Dawn Shippee Murder in Exeter, Rhode Island in 2002.After the murder, Shippee would be questioned for the murder until she too would be found dead in the Wood River near route 165 in Exeter on December 29, 2002.  Police have not released how she died but have stated that the case is a homicide.  She had last been seen eating at the Middle of the Road Diner in Exeter and was reported missing by her father.   While no suspect has been officially named in the Shippee murder, attention has turned to a close family member who served prison time for arson.  The same individual was a suspect in the murder of an insurance salesman in Arizona in 1976.  While not convicted  his own brother was and is serving a life sentence for that crime.   This family member in question to Shippee has not been named as a suspect in the Kane-Clark murder.

If you have any information about either of these two murders please call 1-877- RI Solve (747-6583).