A Marine gunnery sergeant who recruited a 21-year-old Winthrop man who has been missing since mid-November is in military custody, according to a Navy official.
Frank Lipka was the sole recruiter at the Roslindale office where Marine recruit Joseph Brancato was processed, said Ed Buice, a spokesman for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, in an e-mail.
Brancato was last seen on Nov. 18 in Roslindale’s Mendelssohn Street area, where he was living and training with Lipka in the hopes of passing the physical tests necessary to become a Marine, said Brancato’s aunt, Andrea Brancato Walke.
Lipka was taken into custody sometime last week, and is currently being held at the consolidated brig in Charleston, S.C., said Buice in the e-mail. Lipka faces charges that are unrelated to the ongoing investigation into Brancato’s disappearance, said Buice . He did not detail the nature of the charges facing Lipka, saying that NCIS did not take Lipka into custody.
Messages left with media liaisons for the US Marines Corps were not immediately returned Thursday evening.
Brancato Walke remains convinced Lipka had something to do with her nephew’s disappearance.
“He absolutely has something to do with it,” she said during a phone interview on Thursday.
Brancato, who has an older brother and two younger sisters, had wanted to become a Marine, but was rejected from that service at least twice, said his aunt. She did not know why.
Brancato, a welder by trade who had been living with his mother and grandmother in Winthrop, moved in with Lipka in September to get into shape. The two trained together, said Brancato Walke.
Becoming a Marine was her nephew’s dream, she said.
“He’s always helping people, and he felt like that was his place to help the country,” she said.
Authorities searched woods near Turtle Pond in the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park for Brancato last month. Family members continue to comb the reservation every weekend for Brancato, said Brancato Walke.
“Why aren’t the Marines doing something, that’s what I’d like to know,” said Brancato Walke. “Why haven’t they stepped up?”
Ms. Radziwill shared the qualities of wealth, social status and ambition with her older sister.Continue reading »
The recent Northeastern University grad took to Instagram to announce her engagement to Daniel Tomanelli with a series of photos of the pair kissing in the rain.Continue reading »
“I was fortunate to have the means to be able to recoup the funds that I personally gave to my campaigns, and I felt it was the right time to do so,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said.Continue reading »
MGH is joining a growing number of US medical centers that are constructing private rooms, often at significant cost, to give patients and caregivers more privacy.Continue reading »
Paula Sharaga, 69, of Cambridge worked in public libraries in Brookline and Holliston, her husband said.Continue reading »
The Worcester Mitten Kittens? The Worcester Tube Sox? The Worcester Hot Weiners? Nothing’s off the table it appears when it comes to renaming the PawSox.Continue reading »
Are we finally going to see an end to cities and states bowing and scraping and offering massive tax giveaways to attract big corporations?Continue reading »
AA meetings changed Marty Walsh’s life. Maybe it’s not so surprising that one could change his mind on supervised injection sites, too.Continue reading »
The California Democrat will visit Boston after making her first trip to New Hampshire since announcing her candidacy.Continue reading »