Elijah Lewis missing: Corpse believed to be a 5-year-old NH boy found buried in Massachusetts forest

ABINGTON, Mass. — A corpse believed to be Elijah Lewis, a missing 5-year-old boy from New Hampshire, was found Saturday buried in a wooded area south of Boston.

The discovery comes a day after a search for the young boy, who had been missing for a month, moved to Massachusetts.

New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said in a statement that investigators searched an area in the town of Abington, about 30 miles south of Boston, in connection with the child’s disappearance.

Thirty to 40 law enforcement officials, including the K-9 and other specialized units, helped with the search in a heavily wooded area of ​​Ames Nowell State Park, Massachusetts officials said late Friday. Another area was also searched in nearby Randolph, investigators said.

The 5-year-old was last seen at his home in Merrimack, New Hampshire, sometime within the last 30 days, but was never reported missing until state child welfare authorities notified authorities. Earlier, state troops and the Justice Department said Elijah had not been seen for 6 months but has now shortened this timeline.

Searches in the area around his home by helicopter and a nearby lake by boat showed nothing.

Lewis’ mother and a husband was arrested last weekend in New York and pleaded not guilty Wednesday to witnessing tampering and endangering children in connection with the case.

Danielle Dauphinais, 35, and Joseph Stapf, 30, remain in custody and plan to meet with their attorneys to discuss bail.

Outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dauphinais’ two brothers publicly asked her to “stand up” and “say something” to investigators about her son’s location.

The New Hampshire Division for Children Youth and Families notified police on Oct. 14 that Elijah was missing. The agency’s commitment to the boy is unclear.

New York City transit officer found and arrested Dauphinais and Stapf Sunday in the Bronx.

The witness testimony alleges that they each asked other people to lie about Elijah and where he lived, knowing that child laborers were searching for him.

The threats of danger to danger claim that they violated the duty of care, protection, or support of Elijah. Legal statements in support of the charges were sealed.


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