FBI identifies human remains found in Methuen as missing NH man

(Photo courtesy WCVB)

CHELSEA, Mass. (WLNE)– The FBI have identified the human remains found on a property in Methuen, Massachusetts as a New Hampshire man missing since March, bureau spokeswoman Kristen Setera said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The remains of  Zakhia Charabati, 52, of Manchester, New Hampshire were discovered Thursday. The FBI had been observed digging in the area of 145 Milk St. since the start of the week, Boston station WCVB reported.

The FBI appear to be treating the finding as a homicide.

“Investigative efforts to pursue those responsible for Mr. Charabati’s death will continue,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Bonavolonta said he hopes the discovery brings Charabati’s family some relief, and asked that their privacy be respected.

“For almost four months, the family of Zakhia Charabati have been patiently awaiting news of his whereabouts,” Bonavolonta said.  “Although not the result they were hoping for, we are pleased to have assisted in bringing them some much-needed closure.”

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