jeremiahIn December 2013 I wrote about Jeremiah Oliver, a 5 year old boy that was missing from his home in Fitchburg, Ma. Sadly the news of a missing child seems to be more common and not as shocking to the public as it used to be. What was so unusual about this case was the fact that the child had not been seen for three months and no one bothered to reports it.

What was even more disturbing is that this child and his family had been under investigation by the Department of Children and Families and they were not even aware that the boy had been gone which caused two of their employees to get fired and the entire system is now under a review to figure out just how this has happened. The social worker assigned to the case was required to visit the home where the child lived monthly but according to reports not only did they fail to do the require visits, they has also recommended that the family be released from the states oversight, even though they had not seen Jeremiah for four months and that the family had a history of drug abuse and violence.

Numerous searches had taken place to try to locate the boy but all failed until now. A body was located about 40 feet off Route 190 in Sterling, MA. The body was reported as being clothed, wrapped and inside a suitcase when it was found. District Attorney Joseph Early said at a press conference that the wrapping was visible but the body wasn’t.

Oliver’s mother, Elsa Oliver, 28 and her boyfriend 23 year old Alberto Sierra have been charges in connection with the child’s disappearance. Charges include kidnapping assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment. There are also three other people that have been arrested that were apparently involved in the case. They have been accused of interfering with a criminal investigation and misleading the police.

I am sorry this child is gone but at least now since his body has been found he can be laid to rest and hopefully he will get the justice he deserves.  He is with Jesus now and no harm will ever come to him again. God bless his little heart.

Jan Barrett

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