ABINGTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Police believe they have found the body of five-year-old Elijah Lewis after a search in the Ames Nowell State Park in Abington, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney.
In a press conference Saturday afternoon, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz announced that a police dog located a body they believe to be the body of Lewis. He said the investigation into the scene is still ongoing. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow, according to the press conference.
Massachusetts State Police and New Hampshire State Police began searching Friday in a forested area of Ames Nowell State Park in Abington for new evidence relating to Lewis' disappearance. The search included emergency response teams, K-9 units, and a helicopter and continued into Saturday.
Lewis was reported missing on Oct. 14 but it is believed by authorities in New Hampshire he had been missing for less than 30 days prior to the missing person report.
Danielle Dauphinais, the boy's mother, along with her boyfriend Joseph Stapf pleaded not guilty to witness tampering and child endangerment charges in the Hillsborough County courthouse. They were arrested by New York City transit officers in the Bronx last weekend.
Dauphinais and her boyfriend allegedly told others to lie about the whereabouts of Lewis.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.