LYNN (CBS) – A Chelsea man has been arrested after police say he abducted a female employee from a residential mental health treatment facility in Revere and killed her, later dumping her body at a church parking lot in Lynn.

Boston Police arrested that suspect, identified as 27-year-old DeShawn James Chappell, Thursday evening in Roxbury.

The victim was identified by police as 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton, a Peabody resident, and an employee at the facility, North Suffolk Mental Health.

Moulton’s family friends tell WBZ-TV the young woman never felt in danger at work, and loved her job. They also told WBZ-TV she was engaged to be married.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

Listen in to the Suffolk County D.A. Press Conference.

When police originally responded to a 9-1-1 call in Revere, they found a small fire in a room and a significant amount of blood.

Lynn Police, Revere Police, and the Massachusetts State Police are all investigating.

Comments (13)
  1. Kendra says:

    what has this world come to? All this horrible news death, shooting, whats next?

    1. Grey Ghost says:

      You are still surprised that humans rape and kill one another?! Don’t be naive, these acts have followed humanity since our birth, it’s nature. Not everything is composed of rainbows in the sky and chocolate rivers of sweet happiness. As long as there are people, there will always exist the potential for both good and bad (depending on the perception). It’s up to us, the decent folks to clean up the mess and try to improve things over time. These crimes are not new!!! Remember Genghis Khan, Hitler, Alexander, Ivan the Terrible, Custer, and Bin Laden just to name very few! All these people carved a path of blood, murder, and rape in history. Don’t make such silly statements as if you are surprised…STUPID!

      1. Cynic says:

        How true… The more things change the more they stay the same.

      2. john says:

        Grey ghost
        say that to the girls family.
        and im not afraid to use my real name.

      3. ????? says:

        “the potential for good and bad (depending on the perception)” — Are you implying that some may actually view this gruesome act as GOOD!?

  2. BestGuess says:

    Cambodion or Brazilian

    1. Cynic says:

      Doesn’t matter….He’s a KILLER….Most from Chelsea and Lowell AREN’T.

  3. Thomas says:

    Were you so hurried in posting this article that you forgot to double check the name of the victim? Shameful and embarrassing..

  4. Grey Ghost says:

    @John – The girl’s family was not the topic of my post; however, my heart and prayers go out to the family.
    Of course you are not afraid to use your first name, every other ass-hole in the area has the first name of John. Are you insinuating that I am fearful of presenting my full actual name to strangers on a public comment page? The answer is yes you fool. If you want to make a shining example of both courage and stupidity, why don’t you post your actual First & Last name JOHN, then list your address, your phone #’s, your social security #, and what time you leave your domain every morning. Get the point?…STUPID!!! My identity is none of anyones’ business. It’s to protect myself. I guess you forgot the point of a site like this. Have a good one John Smith…Try to use your brain next time before writing your 2 cents and taking a pathetic jab at someone.

  5. Thomas Bleser says:

    This was a client/therapist relationship where the behavioral aspect of the patient’s criminal record was relevant and should have been clearly stated in his case file. This particular file should have had DANGER written all over it. If this was not so then the whole system is nuts and the people who set it up are a bigger danger to themselves and others than the killer is.

  6. Me says:

    Hope changes can be made in the system before this happens again. Worked in a group home for a few years & witnessed/reported many things (mostly regarding staff!!). My heart goes out to the family.

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