Methuen excavation

The FBI has identified the body found in Methuen, Mass. on Thursday afternoon as Zakhia Charabati, 52, of Manchester..

The FBI has identified the body found in Methuen, Mass. on Thursday afternoon as Zakhia Charabati, 52, of Manchester.

Charabati’s family reported him missing on March 14 to Manchester police, according to an FBI statement.

Charabati had worked as a distributor at Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods in Massachusetts for 23 years. His supervisor, John Wakim, said he brought a cheerful spirit to the grueling job. He was a hard worker, and very consistent, Wakim said.

When Charabati did not come to the warehouse where he usually began his shift one day in March, Wakim said, Charabati’s co-workers called his family.

“Since that day, we had no news about him until today,” Wakim said.

Charabati’s remains were found in the back of a property in Methuen, Mass., after a three-day excavation by the FBI’s Evidence Response Team. The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified Charabati Friday.

“It was a surprise what happened to him,” Wakim said. “We’ll really miss a guy like this.”

“For almost four months, the family of Zakhia Charabati have been patiently awaiting news of his whereabouts,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division, said in a statement Friday. “Although not the result they were hoping for, we are pleased to have assisted in bringing them some much-needed closure.”

Charabati has lived in a West Side home on Pasture Drive since 2003, according to the city assessor’s database. Wakim said he had no children, but had remarried less than a year ago after a divorce.

After he went missing, Charabati’s family circulated a flier on social media in March and April, offering a reward for information. They said Charabati’s truck had been found in Lawrence on March 14.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020