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Decapitated body found near Merrimack River may belong to missing teen

Lee Paulino

UPDATE 4/17/17 – The Essex County District Attorney’s office stated that an unidentified juvenile was arraigned in juvenile court on several charges including breaking and entering, intimidation of a witness and larceny, making a false statement to police and intimidating a witness, in connection with Lee’s murder, reports the Eagle Tribune.  Prosecutors allege that the unidentified juvenile broke into Paulino’s home on Nov. 18.  The juvenile has not been identified at this time.  The Judge released the juvenile ordering him to go to school and to stay away from all witnesses in the murder case.  He is to attend a hearing in May.

UPDATE 3/13/17 – Mathew Borges has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office said.

Matthew Borges

Original story:  Matthew Borges, 16, one of Lee’s classmates was arrested Saturday morning after police found evidence linking him to the teenager’s death. Authorities said Borges will charged of first-degree murder as an adult.

The male has been positively identified as Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino.

Fox news has reported that a decaptiated body has been found in a field in Massachusetts. The body was found by a woman walking near the banks of the Merrimack River in Lawrence behind the Boys and Girls Club. Police arrived and recovered the body and the head about 30 feet away from the body, and stated the victim was a male.

Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, 16, is missing from the area and his father told Fox news he hasn’t heard if it is his son or not, but he did see a black sweatshirt with white letters the police had and it looked like a sweatshirt his son owned. Lee’s father, Carlos told media that Lee’s friend told him that he left Lee by the Merrimack River. Lee has been missing since mid November 18.


Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera says investigators believe the body found decapitated along the river was not a random act and he calls on officials to expedite the identification of the victim.

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