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Police: Body of missing Merrimack, N.H., boy found in Abington, Mass.

Elijah Lewis, 5, of Merrimack, N.H.
Merrimack Police
Photo of Elijah Lewis, 5, of Merrimack, N.H., courtesy of Merrimack Police

"We are very saddened about this situation — about Elijah's death and the fact that he was disposed of down here in the woods," N.H. Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan G. Morrell said during a news conference in Abington, Mass.

A body believed to be that of Elijah Lewis, a missing 5-year-old from Merrimack, N.H., was found in Abington, Mass., police said Saturday.

New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan G. Morrell, during a news conference in Abington, Mass., said an autopsy will be performed in Massachusetts on Sunday to confirm the exact cause of death and official identification.

Authorities will then examine what further charges will be brought in the case, she said.

New Hampshire's Division for Children Youth and Families reported Elijah Lewis missing on Oct. 14, prompting an investigation by state and local authorities.

Danielle Dauphinais, Elijah’s mother, and Joseph Stapf, whose relationship to Lewis is unclear, have been charged in connection with his disappearance and were arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court Wednesday morning.

State Police investigators from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island were among those working on the search Saturday, along with the FBI and Merrimack Police Department.

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In a statement, Governor Chris Sununu said, “On behalf of the people of New Hampshire, I would like to thank New Hampshire and Massachusetts law enforcement and everyone else involved for their tireless focus this past week on bringing closure to this search. May Elijah rest in peace.”

The investigation is continuing. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office asks anyone with possible information to contact the Merrimack Police Department’s crimeline at (603) 424-2424, or the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 223-4381.

This is a developing story and this post will be further updated.

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