A body found in the Massachusetts woods is believed to be that of a missing 5-year-old boy

Massachusetts authorities claimed Saturday that they believe they have found the remains (5-year-old Elijah Lewis) New Hampshire Department of Justice
The remains of Elijah Lewis, a 5-year-old boy, were discovered by a cadaver dog.

New Hampshire child welfare workers reported that the child was missing on October 14.

Elijah’s mother and boyfriend were both arrested days later. They were accused of lying to people about Elijah’s whereabouts.

Massachusetts authorities claimed Saturday that they had recovered the body of Elijah Lewis, a 5-year-old boy from New Hampshire.

After a trooper entered a wooded area at 9:40 a.m., a cadaver dog discovered the body in the soil. He also noticed that the ground had been disturbed. According to Timothy Cruz's statement and news conference, the Plymouth County District Attorney said that the dog was able to locate the body.

New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth and Families reported Elijah missing on October 14. He had not been seen since 30 days before that date, according to prosecutors. Authorities had already arrested Elijah’s mother and boyfriend in New York City by October 18.

Danielle Dauphinais (35), and Joseph Stapf (30) were both charged with witness tampering, as well as child endangerment. New Hampshire prosecutors stated that Dauphinais, 35, and Stapf, 30, asked people to lie about Elijah "knowing that child protective service workers were looking for Elijah."

Two brothers of Dauphinais told NBC Boston that their sister has six children and they were concerned about Elijah. They claimed that there were plans to send Elijah to California with one of their brothers, but that it had not happened yet.

Randy Stewart, a brother, said that he was five years old. He doesn't deserve it. He should have a shot."

Massachusetts prosecutors claim that authorities used "corroborated data" to search wooded areas along Chestnut Street, Abington, Massachusetts. This town is just 20 miles from Boston.

They said that while they are still waiting to confirm that the body belongs to Elijah, it is believed to belong the 5-year-old.

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Prosecutors said that authorities spent 12 hours searching for Elijah in Abington's wooded terrain over the past two days.

"Obviously, a little boy has passed." Cruz stated that nobody deserves to die in this manner. Cruz stated, "We will do everything we can to ensure justice is done for this little boy."

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