Decapitated body found near Merrimack River may belong to missing teen

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 Vitoria-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 Vitoria-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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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.