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Marine Recruiter, whose recruit disappeared, arrested in South Carolina


A Marine Gunnery Sergeant who allowed a 21-year-old Boston area recruit to live with him before the young man disappeared has been taken into custody for an unrelated offense- but the family of the missing recruit thinks there may be a connection.

US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Frank Lipka is now currently sitting in a South Carolina brig for an offense unrelated to the disappearance of recruit Joseph Brancato, who vanished in November of last year.

Brancato was inexplicably living with Lipka in the Massachusetts town of Roslindale prior to his disappearance. At the time Lipka -the only Marine recruiter at his station- was processing Brancato for entry into the Marines.

With Lipka locked up in Charleston, the family hopes to get some clues concerning where Brancato may have gone.

“Hopefully now that they have him in custody, they’ll get more information, leading to the whereabouts of Joey,” said Andrea Brancato Walke, Joseph’s aunt. “I mean there is still hope that he is alive out there but if he’s not we need to find him regardless,”

According to CBS Boston, the Gunnery Sergeant will be held in the brig for a month.

Boston Police have been working with agents from the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service to solve the case.

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