A Braintree man faces murder charges after the discovery of his neighbor’s body in Connecticut at about 2 a.m. Thursday. Lucas E. Walters, 28, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with killing Jeffrey Adam Phillips, who was reported missing by his family Monday.
A Braintree man faces murder charges after the discovery of his neighbor’s body in Connecticut at about 2 a.m. Thursday.
Jeffrey Adam Phillips, 31, was reported missing by his family Monday. His remains were found in woods in Suffield, Conn., Thursday, the Norfolk County district attorney’s office said. Police arrested Phillips’ neighbor, Lucas E. Walters, 28, Wednesday night and charged him with the murder.
Walters and Phillips lived in separate apartments at 391 Middle St. Investigators believe Phillips may have been killed several days ago in a shed on the property and his body taken to Connecticut.
At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Walters walked into the Braintree police station and was interviewed.
Police searched Phillips’ apartment and the yard outside the house, which has three apartments in it, late into the night Wednesday. The house is at the corner of Union and Middle streets and bears a plaque that reads "Ye Olde Deacon Thayer House" but it is not considered an historic property by the local historical society because of all the changes it has undergone.
When police went to the house earlier Wednesday, Phillips’ apartment was unlocked and several items were missing, including a flat-screen TV, an Xbox game system and a laptop computer. Police found Phillips’ pickup truck parked outside and his cat inside the apartment.
None of Phillips’ family or friends had heard from him since Friday night, when he said he was going to walk to a nearby gas station to buy cigarettes, said Chad Brandolini, a friend and co-worker at Zeta Percussion in Holbrook.
Phillips had talked on the phone with a friend and his mother from his home at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brandolini said.
“Jeff had plans to meet his mother Saturday morning, but was never heard from,” Brandolini said.
Phillips didn’t show up for work Monday, which was also unusual for him, he said.
“Even when he’s sick, he comes in and toughs it out,” Brandolini said.
Friends and family contacted media outlets Wednesday for help in seeking information about Phillips’ whereabouts, and put up posters around the neighborhood offering a $1,000 reward for the information.
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