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Woman who found boy's body expected to officiate at funeral

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Posted: May 25, 2011 6:04 PM
Woman who found boy's body expected to officiate at funeral

GREENFIELD, Mass (Reuters) - The woman who found the body of a young boy left by a roadside in Maine is expected to help officiate at his funeral this weekend, the funeral home said on Wednesday.

The body of Camden Hughes, 6, was found along a remote road in Maine on May 14 and was unidentified until authorities tracked down his mother four days later and charged her with his murder.

Authorities believe Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas killed her son in New Hampshire and left his body, covered with a blanket, in neighboring Maine.

She was charged with second-degree murder last week in his apparent asphyxiation death.

Maine resident Linda Gove, who found the body, is slated to assist Pastor Bill Skaar at the boy's funeral at a Grand Prairie, Texas church on Saturday, said a staff member at Homestead Funeral Home, which is helping with arrangements.

An obituary published online said the boy loved to play guitar, read and draw, and that his favorite football teams were the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

Police located McCrery on May 18 at a highway rest stop in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. while following up tips about a blue pickup truck seen near the place where the body was found.

McCrery is being held without bail in a New Hampshire jail, according to Susan Morrell, New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General.

Morrell said McCrery's defense waived a probably cause hearing scheduled for Thursday and that it will likely be a few months before further hearings are scheduled.

(Reporting by Zach Howard, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)