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Human Remains Identified as Those of Missing Man

December 30, 2015

Dec. 30, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Jarvey 508-368-7241

UPTON – Skeletal remains found in the woods off Mendon Street were those of James J. Robertson, who had been missing since being taken from his parents’ home in Avon on New Year’s Day 2014, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. and Norfolk County District Attorney Morrissey announced in a joint press conference today.

Mr. Robertson was last seen getting into a car with two men posing as constables on the afternoon of Jan. 1, 2014. They told witnesses they were taking him to Dedham for a drug test in connection with his probation. Three men – James M. Feeney of Dedham, Alfred A. Ricci III of Canton and Scott W. Morrison of Norfolk – have been charged with kidnapping Mr. Robertson. Dedham police officer Michael Schoener has been charged as an accessory. The cases of all four men are pending in Norfolk Superior Court. Mr. Morrissey declined to speculate whether additional charges would be forthcoming, saying the case remains under investigation.

A hunter called Upton Police at 2:26 p.m. on Saturday to report finding what he believed was a human skull. Investigators found other bones and evidence at the scene. Mr Early praised Upton Police, the State Police Detectives assigned to both the Worcester County and Norfolk County District Attorney, State Police Crime Scene Services and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for their work in the investigation.