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Father of missing Fitchburg boy still has hope

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STERLING, Mass. (WHDH) - The Worcester County District Attorney said in a conference on Friday that a body found along a highway near Sterling is consistent with the height and weight of the missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy.

Joseph Early Jr. said that they can't give a positive identification that the body of Jeremiah Oliver was found. An autopsy will be performed and results are expected soon.

Jeremiah's father Jose Oliver said he has been hoping to find his son alive since his disappearance in September.

“I’m hoping that it’s not him. But I feel in my heart that it is,” Jose Oliver said.

Early also said that the body was found somewhat concealed from the elements about 40 feet from Interstate 190 near Exit 6 and it was wrapped in a blanket and out inside a suitcase-type bag.

“How can somebody hurt this little boy; just throw him on the highway like he’s garbage,” Jose Oliver said.

He could not say what led to the discovery of the body at 9 a.m., but sources tell 7News police were given information leading them to the area.

Officials from across the state are weighing in on the situation. "What we know right now is that a young child has died, and that his body has been disposed of in a heartless way. As we await news about the child's identity, as Governor and as a parent, I feel a deep sadness," Gov. Deval Patrick said.

Officials have spoken with Jeremiah Oliver's father about the discovery. Jeremiah's mother Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend are currently being held while they await trial on child abuse-related charges.

“Now the proper charges can be put against those responsible and the community can start mourning,” a mourner said.

The State Police Department is handling the investigation.

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