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Melissa Sousa

Breaking: Woman’s body found in basement after missing mom puts children on school bus, disappears

Authorities found a body inside the basement of a missing Maine woman’s home. Officials are working to determine her identity, but believe it’s likely the body of 29-year-old Melissa Sousa.

NECN reports that at around 10:0 p.m. on Wednesday night, Waterville police located the woman’s body inside the basement off a duplex off of Gold Street, where Sousa lived with her boyfriend, Nicholas Lovejoy, 28, and their 8-year-old twin girls.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Sousa was last seen outside of her duplex on Tuesday at around 8:30 a.m., after putting her children on a school bus.

Stephen McCausland, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Sousa was reported missing by friends Tuesday night. Authorities pulled Lovejoy over Tuesday night and reportedly found a loaded gun in his car. He was arrested for child endangerment after leaving his twins at home alone, Bangor Daily News reports.

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Investigators interviewed Lovejoy Wednesday morning and said he has so far been cooperative.

“Lovejoy was interviewed at the Waterville Police Department this morning and has cooperated with investigators,” McCausland said in a press statement. “He was later taken to the Kennebec County jail, where he is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail.”

Nichola Lovejoy [Photo: Kennebec County Jail]
Elizabeth O’Neil, who reportedly works at a Dunkin’ Donut off of Main Street with Sousa, told 10 News that Sousa had been fighting with Lovejoy about personal issues. O’Neil last saw Sousa on October 21 as the missing mom left work at around noon.

Megan Legasse, Sousa’s employer at Dunkin’ Donut, told the Morning Sentinel that she though Lovejoy killed Sousa.

“I believe Nick killed her,” Legasse told the outlet. “He’s locked her out of the house and pointed a gun at her while the girls were upstairs, looking out of the window. A week ago in the driveway, he pointed a gun at her and the kids were saying, ‘Don’t kill my Mom.’ ”

“She’s a good person and a good mom. She’s just stuck in a (bad) spot. She was threatened all the time. He threatened her. He said he had two options —  to kill her and to kill her.”

Anyone with any information should call the Waterville police at 207-680-4700 extension 4513.

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[Feature Photo: Melissa Sousa/Police Handout]