Arrest, New Details in Case of Burned Body Found in Worcester - NECN

Arrest, New Details in Case of Burned Body Found in Worcester

Rafael Guzman, 35, has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder

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    A charred body found in a wooded part of Worcester, Massachusetts, this week was likely wrapped in bubble wrap and a blanket, prosecutors said Friday as they announced the arrest of a man in connection with the killing.

    Rafael Guzman, 35, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder in connection to the death of 30-year-old Benjamin Pacheco, during his arraignment in Central District Court. After pleading not guilty, the judge ordered Guzman held on $100,000 bail.

    Firefighters had responded to an area near 277 Granite St. at about 6 a.m. Tuesday where the body of a man was found. That man, now identified as Pacheco, was covered by a blanket and bubble-wrap material, according to evidence at teh scene.

    After reviewing surveillance video from a nearby store, police tracked down the owner of a car seen in the area, according to The Telegram. That owner told authorities he had loaned the car to Guzman.

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    People who lived near where the body was found said the area was known as a dumping ground for many things, like couches, boats, furniture — though not bodies.

    It's unclear when Guzman is due back in court.

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