Questions Remain After Marine Last Seen With Missing Recruit Taken Into Custody on Unrelated Charges - NECN
Massachusetts

Massachusetts

The latest news from around the state

Questions Remain After Marine Last Seen With Missing Recruit Taken Into Custody on Unrelated Charges

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Marine Last Seen With Missing Recruit in Custody

    NCIS says Gunnery Sergeant Frank Lipka is in military custody in Charleston, South Carolina. The charges against Lipka were not revealed, but NCIS says they are unrelated to the case of missing 21-year-old Joseph Brancato, who was last seen with Lipka in November 2017.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 9, 2018)

    A Marine recruiter who was last seen with a recruit who went missing in Boston last November was taken into custody on unrelated charges Thursday, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service confirmed.

    NCIS says Gunnery Sergeant Frank Lipka is in military custody in Charleston, South Carolina. 

    "We are happy that they picked up Frank Lipka, but still, it did not find Joey," Andrea Brancato-Walke, Joseph Brancato's aunt, said. "That's basically what it boils down to."

    Lipka was the only recruiter operating out of the office in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood, where 21-year-old Brancato was being processed, according to NCIS.

    Family Says They Won't Stop Looking for Missing Recruit

    [NECN] Family Says They Won't Stop Looking for Missing Recruit

    Twenty-one-year-old Joey Brancato was last seen in November 2017 in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood.

    (Published Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018)

    Lipka was the last person seen with Brancato in Roslindale on Nov. 18, 2017. Authorities asked the public for help looking for Brancato in early December.

    The charges against Lipka were not revealed, but NCIS says they are unrelated to the missing person case.

    Brancato's family is left with many questions as the search for him continues.

    Brancato is described as 5'8 and about 200 pounds. 

    "I know in my heart that we are going to find him, I know we are going to find him," Brancato-Walke said. "I just feel it."

    With temperatures expected to warm up on Saturday, Brancato's family says they will be back out in the neighborhood hoping to finally find him.

    Family Begs for Safe Return of Missing Marine Recruit

    [NECN] Family Begs for Safe Return of Missing Marine Recruit

    Boston police say Joseph Brancato was last seen by an acquaintance near Mendelsohn Street in the city's Roslindale neighborhood on Nov. 18, 2017. His aunt, Dawn Buccieri, made an emotional plea Friday for the 21-year-old's safe return.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018)

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android