Search for Elijah Lewis shifts to 3rd state as investigation now focused on Abington

ABINGTON, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police blocked off Chestnut Street in Abington leading to an area authorities spent the day Friday searching for any sign of 5-year-old Elijah Lewis of Merrimack, New Hampshire.

“Investigators have corroborated some information that this area should be in the line of search,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

A lead Thursday night shifted the focus from Merrimack, New Hampshire to Abington.

“Based on information that was corroborated by investigators, there may be evidence related to the disappearance of Elijah Lewis, and that’s why we’re here, that’s what we’re searching for,” Cruz said.

The boy, who has now been missing for weeks, was last seen about 30 days ago. Last weekend his mother, Danielle Dauphinias, and a boyfriend, Joseph Stapf, were found and arrested in New York.

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On Wednesday, they were arraigned in a Nashua, New Hampshire courtroom charged with witness tampering and child endangerment. Outside that courtroom, Danielle’s brothers pleaded with her to come clean.

“DD please, please talk to us. Talk to the detectives. Let us know where Eljiah is,” said Randy Stewart, who is Dauphinais’ brother and Elijah’s uncle.

It’s unclear if his plea pushed her to speak to police, but the sudden shift of the search and massive police presence indicate authorities believe that Elijah or an important clue is in those woods.

“Our special emergency response team is in the woods conducting a grid line search looking for any items of interest in pursuit of their investigation,” said Col. Christopher Mason of the Massachusetts State Police.

That includes the State Police airwing and K-9s on the ground all looking for anything leading them to the little boy.

“I think you’re always hopeful somebody’s alive until somebody’s found not to be,” DA Cruz said.

While that may be the hope, New Hampshire authorities now say new information makes them fear the worst.

“We were hopeful Elijah would be found alive. We are now facing the prospect that he is not. We do have a belief at this time that Elijah is deceased,” said Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati.

The search for Elijah resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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