September 24 2014

Man Indicted in Connection to Dead Body Found in July

By: BNEWS

A Louisiana man has been indicted in connection to an incident where a body was found in Burlington this past summer

 

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan today announced the indictment of a Louisiana man in connection with the discovery by police of a dead body in the roadway of I-95/Route 128 on July 26 in Burlington.

Nicandro Velasquez, 51, of Haughton, Louisiana, was indicted in Middlesex District Court on charges of leaving the scene of a death and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the release states. 

The defendant’s arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

“A man died more than a thousand miles away from his family -- a shocking loss for his loved ones. We allege that although his companions stopped the truck to check on him, they did not call for help,” said Ryan. “We recognize the Massachusetts State Police for their efforts and again thank the motorists who provided information that helped locate the alleged driver of the truck.”

Police found the body of 54-year-old Cliserio Cordova Ferral, also of Louisiana, lying in the highway near the Winn Street exit of the highway’s northbound lanes, the release states. Motorists reported the body to police and an investigation was begun. Massachusetts State Police later located a truck and trailer in Orland, Maine matching one seen near Burlington that night. Authorities allege that Ferral and Velasquez had been traveling to Maine for work and Ferral had fallen out of the truck onto the roadway.

Authorities allege that Velasquez knew that Ferral had been injured, but instead of seeking aid, Velasquez then allegedly continued driving to the destination in Maine, the release states. 

These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Lisa Fuccione. The Victim Witness Advocate is Danielle DeMeo.

 
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