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Mass. police questioning woman about Maine body

Mass. police questioning woman about Maine body

May 18th, 2011 in News

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts on Wednesday were questioning a woman in the investigation of a young boy whose body was found along a dirt road in Maine.

The body was discovered Saturday in South Berwick, a town on the New Hampshire border, and police have labeled his death suspicious. In trying to determine his identity, investigators issued a computer-enhanced image depicting a boy with blond hair and blue eyes. Authorities believe he was 4 to 6 years old.

The woman was taken into custody Wednesday at a highway rest stop in Chelmsford and was being questioned in Concord but hasn't been arrested, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

A pickup towed from the rest stop is registered to Julianne McCrery, of Irving, Texas. A phone listing for her couldn't immediately be located.

In Maine, state police Lt. Brian McDonough told reporters that detectives were investigating new information but referred all questions to Deputy Attorney General William Stokes. Stokes, who coordinates homicide investigations in Maine, told The Associated Press that he couldn't comment.

Investigators have fielded more than 200 tips since the boy's body was found. Police also conducted DNA tests on the body, released a detailed photo of the boy's sneakers and notified Interpol.

It's extremely unusual for a missing child to go unreported. Similar cases happened only twice over the past two years, said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"In the vast, vast majority of these, there's someone, a parent or grandparent, searching for that child," Allen said Wednesday.