The tragic news that friends and relatives believed to be true was confirmed by police Tuesday when officials confirmed the identity of a body found in the remains of a Prudence Island house fire.
Portsmouth police say the victim has been positively identified as 28-year-old Shannon Cubellis, a tenant of the property.
The victim was identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health through DNA testing, according to police.
Cubellis, who attended Portsmouth High School, was well-known on the island. More than 200 people attended a memorial service for Cubellis days after the fire, according to The Sakonnet Times.
The body was discovered in the remains of a fire, which destroyed a house on Sept. 25 on Prudence Island.
The fire, located at 0151 Concord Ave., began around 7:40 a.m. The house is located off Broadway on the island's west side.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.