Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 19 at 2:36 AM

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — All authorities are saying for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway in central Massachusetts.

An autopsy should reveal if the child is Jeremiah Oliver, the Fitchburg 5-year-old missing for months before police learned of his disappearance.

Jeremiah's case has led to criminal charges against his mother and her boyfriend and calls for changes within the state's child welfare agency. Three Massachusetts workers have been fired.

Authorities say the body found Friday off Interstate 190 about 12 miles from Jeremiah's home matched his height and weight.

The Worcester (WUS'-tur) County prosecutor says authorities can't make a positive ID until the state medical examiner conducts an autopsy.

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