AUBURN (CBS) – Investigators have identified a body found on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn late Wednesday night.

The Worcester District Attorney’s Office said 22-year-old Johannes Songdahl III of Norwell was found dead on the westbound side of the Pike near exit 10 around 10 p.m. Wednesday. State Police said he had severe injuries.

Johannes Songdahl. (Yearbook Photo)

It’s still not clear yet how he died or how he ended up on the highway. There is no overpass nearby, there were no reports of anyone walking on the road and police did not find any abandoned vehicles in the area.

“It makes no sense. I hope his family gets closure on this, gets answers,” said Songdahl’s friend and former employer Kathy Desmond.

The westbound side of the Pike was backed up for miles after the body was found Wednesday night. (WBZ-TV)

Desmond said Songdahl was a “very unique, beautiful young man.”

“I am devastated,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 508-829-8326 or Auburn Police at 508-832-7777.

  1. Max Wright says:

    Thanks for all the memories, Jay. Rest in peace.

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