Police recovered the head nearby, according to Carrie Monahan, a spokesperson for the Essex district attorney's office.
City officials are set to speak Friday afternoon as police continue to investigate after a woman walking her dog discovered a teen's decapitated body along the banks of the Merrimack River in MA.
Police are investigating after the headless body of a male teen was found along the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
"We are deeply saddened that we have lost such a young life", Rivera said in the statement. "This is not a random act".
Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said at a press conference Friday that "rumors and innuendo" surrounding the case were causing concerns about public safety.
Rivera called on District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett to identify that body as soon as possible, asking the medical examiner's office to expedite the autopsy, which is expected on Friday. "I am so scared, nervous, I can't eat, I can't focus", Carmin Checo said Thursday.
Viloria-Paulino went missing on November 18.
On Thursday, Carlos Viloria, 44, of North Andover, told reporters that he believed the victim was his son.
"This is a tragic loss for his family and friends", Blodgett said in the statement.
Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said Viloria-Paulino's death was an isolated incident, and said there was "no further threat" to the community.
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