WORCESTER (AP) — Two people have pleaded not guilty in the disappearance of an autistic Worcester teenager prosecutors say was assaulted with a knife and his car stolen.

Nineteen-year-old James Howze of Providence, R.I., was ordered held on $1 million bail Monday in Westborough District Court on charges of assault and battery with a knife and car theft.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Twenty-two-year-old Lara Cori of Westborough — who sometimes spells her name Corey — was held without bail after her arraignment in Worcester Superior Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, armed assault with intent to murder and car theft.

Nineteen-year-old Joseph Webster was reported missing March 14. A prosecutor said blood and a shovel were found at a Northborough motel where the suspects were seen, and Howze later tried to sell Webster’s car in Providence.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (7)
  1. Scooby says:

    I hope they find this guy. I have a 12 year old high functioning Aspergers child; Aspergers being on the Autism Spectrum. When I read stories like this it makes me scared for my own son. He is SO smart but will do (and say) whatever he thinks will make others happy. I will be praying they find this young man alive.

  2. A_Webster says:

    I’m a brother of Joseph. Before anyone else jumps to conclusions as I saw on another website, he definitely did not hire the female suspect as an escort. Joseph had a girlfriend of more than 2 years whom he was very happy with and serious about.

    Part of the story which is not being told is that Joseph did not have a job for a few months, and he was offered $100 dollars by the two suspects to drive them from MA, to Providence. He did this for them a couple weeks before the incident, and the incident happened the second time they offered him money for a ride to Providence.

    My family thinks that the two suspects had everything planned from the start the first time my brother agreed to drive them. From what I understand, my brother hardly knew the suspects and was introduced to them by someone in Auburn, MA.

  3. A_Webster says:

    Maybe you should clarify what you think is “bull”.

  4. Gray says:

    To A Webster, God bless you and your family. You all, and Joseph, will be in our prayers. We will also be praying for God’s fiercest justice on the pond scum that did this to your brother.

  5. Jovan says:

    i hope they rot in jail, the both of them… people like that belong in a cage along with the other jungle creatures.. lets find joey and bring him home to his mother and family members.. justice will be served… GOD BLESS THE FAMILY

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