Elijah Lewis Missing – Vigil for missing 5-year-old was held after body was found.
Elijah Lewis Missing – Body found – Death – Obituary – Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil held on Sunday for a young boy from New Hampshire who went missing a month ago and was recently found dead.
The vigil was held in remembrance of 5-year-old Elijah Lewis, whose remains were located by authorities on Saturday morning in a wooded in Ames Nowell State Park in Abington, about 20 miles southeast of Boston, Authorities confirmed the body found Saturday was Lewis.
The office of the Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of Lewis’ death is still under investigation and will most likely take another month for specific findings.
Participants of the vigil in Merrimack’s Watson Park lit candles and listened to MJ Morrison, an aunt of Lewis’ oldest brother, memorializing Lewis and his love for the color blue.
Morrison had been a member of a Facebook group started by family and friends to help find Lewis. She said the family has shifted their attention to getting justice for Lewis.
A week ago, Lewis’ mother 35-year-old Danielle Dauphinais and her partner 30-year-old Joseph Stapf, were arrested on charges of child endangerment and witness tampering three days later on October 17, according to the attorney general. They will remain in custody and plan to meet with their lawyers to discuss bail hearings. They are both scheduled to appear in court in December.
Witness tampering charges against Dauphinais and Stapf stem from evidence showing the pair allegedly asked people to lie about Elijah’s whereabouts and where he was living, knowing child protection services were searching for the boy, the AG’s statement reads.
The Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to perform an autopsy on Elijah’s body on Sunday, “Once we have a determination of cause and manner of death, we’ll be examining all of our facts that we’ve gathered in the investigation and determining what, if any, further charges will be brought.