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Body found identified as missing Fitchburg boy

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - The body found beside Interstate 190 in Sterling on Friday was positively identified as the missing 5-year-old from Fitchburg.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Saturday afternoon that the body was confirmed to be that of Jeremiah Oliver, who was reported missing in December.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jeremiah Oliver," said Commissioner Olga Roche. "The Department is grateful for the dedication of the District Attorney and law enforcement partners leading this investigation and will continue to assist in any way we can."

Roche said that Jeremiah's siblings are in DCF custody.

The Fitchburg boy was missing for months before police learned of his disappearance.

People at the memorial in Fitchburg on Saturday said that this discovery can bring closure to the family.

"He deserves a decent burial. And for the sake of the family, they deserve full closure," said a woman.

There was a moment of silence and around 100 mourners lit candles and released balloons to remember the boy.

Jeremiah's case has led to criminal charges against his mother, Elsa Oliver, and her boyfriend, although officials are now saying there will be additional murder charges. There were also calls for changes within the state's child welfare agency. Three workers from the DCF have been fired.

"I am so grateful to the State Police and others in law enforcement for their tenacity in finding Jeremiah, and so sad that he was not found alive," said Gov. Deval Patrick in a statement.
  
The autopsy is not complete and the investigation is ongoing.
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