Man charged with misleading Duxbury death probe

By The Associated Press

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) _ A Guatemalan man has pleaded not guilty to misleading police in an investigation of human remains found in a box on a Duxbury street corner last month.

55-year-old Jose Milthon Freddy Azurdia-Montenegro was arraigned Monday in Brockton District Court and ordered detained on $10,000 bail. Authorities announced his arrest earlier in the day. He also was ordered to surrender his passport.

The human remains were discovered July 27. The dead person was later identified as 44-year-old Estuardo Leonel Melgar Perez, also of Guatamala.

Police say Melgar Perez had a 14-inch incision on his abdomen. The cause and manner of death remain under investigation.

Authorities didn’t release details of the allegations against Azurdia-Montenegro.       

Azurdia-Montenegro’s public defender says his client knows nothing about Melgar Perez’s death.

© The Associated Press/WLNE-TV 2014