DA: found body believed to be missing teen's
NORTHBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police believe the body found in a storage container in Providence on Tuesday is the missing 19-year-old Joseph Webster of Worcester.
The location where Webster’s body was found is not far from the Rhode Island apartment of the couple charged in connection with Webster’s disappearance.
Webster's parents gathered with relatives in their Worcester home on Tuesday waiting for confirmation.
“If it is Joe, we’ll have closure for him coming home. And that’s all we’re looking for. We want to put him to rest,” said Gerardo Sarli, Webster’s uncle.
Webster was scheduled to start working at his uncle's bakery three days after he disappeared.
Webster, who is high-functioning autistic, had his own car. And family members fear he wrongly trusted the couple, who investigators say had been running a prostitution operation in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
Webster and the couple were seen on surveillance cameras hours apart entering a motel but only the couple left, taking Webster’s car.
Investigators reportedly later found blood stains there, arrested the couple in New York, and brought them back for arraignment.
“They took an innocent person, and they just did what they wanted to do, and it was sad. It was awful,” Sarli said.
"I just wish their family the most peace right now,” said Kris Couture, a neighbor.
The couple remains held on $1 million bail. The female will face a dangerousness hearing later this week.
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