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N.H. officials search for missing 5-year-old, ask for public’s help

Elijah was last seen by "independent individuals" approximately six months ago, according to a statement from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

Elijah Lewis, 5

CONCORD, N.H. — Officials are searching for a missing child, and are asking for the public’s help, according to a statement from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Authorities are searching for 5-year-old Elijah “Eli” Lewis of Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Elijah was last seen by “independent individuals” approximately six months ago, according to the statement.

Officials say the boy’s whereabouts were brought to the attention of authorities by the New Hampshire Divison for Children Youth and Families on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The Merrimack Police Department immediately began an investigation, and was assisted later that day by the New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Department of Justice, according to the statement.

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Authorities say Elijah was never reported missing prior to this time. 

Officials want to speak with Elijah’s mother Danielle Denise Dauphinais, 35, who may be in the company of Joseph Stapf, 30, according to the statement.

Joseph Stapf and Danielle Denise Dauphinais

The couple is believed to be driving a red or maroon 2007 Toyota Tundra with New Hampshire license plate JOJOD78, according to the statement.

Officials say Dauphinais is 5-foot-4, weighs approximately 165 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Officials say Stapf is 5-foot-10, weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes. 

Anyone with information about Elijah’s whereabouts, or anyone who knows Dauphinais’ or Stapf’s whereabouts, or the location of their truck, is asked to contact the Merrimack Police Department’s Crimeline at 603-424-2424 or New Hampshire State Police Communications at 603-223-4381 or 603-MCU-TIPS (603-628-8477).

Lead Investigator Detective Sgt. Kelly Healey, Major Crime Unit, can be contacted directly at [email protected]

Based on the information currently known to investigators, there does not appear to be any danger to the public. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available, according to the statement.

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