Massachusetts authorities said Thursday that it was found off Interstate 95 south of Boston to be identified as a Marine recruit who had been missing since November.
Joseph Brancato, 21, was identified by dental records, a family member told Boston 25 News. The remains were discovered Wednesday afternoon by a motorist driving along the highway in Canton to help another driver.
"An autopsy that was performed today did not immediately reveal cause or mode of death." Norfolk District Attorney David Traub told the Boston Herald "The cause and nature of the death remain undetermined and will be investigated before further testing is performed."  "I am lost. I am completely broke, "said Brancato's mother Kim to Boston 25 News. This kid was my whole life.
At the time of his disappearance, Brancato and his recruit Frank lived in Roslindale, Boston, on Lipka. On Monday, a prosecutor described Lipka, 39, as a person of interest to the disappearance of Brancato.
On Monday, on charges of a dangerous court-charged weapons prosecution claiming that Lipka had pulled a gun from a food supplier who came to Roslindale's house, he shared with Brancato in September.
Lipka was replaced by a bail of 10,000 Commanded Dollars to Hand Over His Passport, the Judge Also Ordered to Use a GPS Monitor (19659005) Click for more of Fox25Boston.com.