New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2021

Contact:
Benjamin J. Agati, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Benjamin.J.Agati@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-3671

Meghan C. Hagaman, Assistant Attorney General

Officials Searching for Missing Child

photo of elijah lewis

Elijah Lewis – Photo Taken In May, 2020

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Nathan A. Noyes, and Merrimack Police Chief Brian K. Levesque are searching for a missing child.

Officials are requesting the public's assistance in locating the following missing child: Elijah (Eli) Lewis (5 years old) of Merrimack, New Hampshire. Elijah was last seen by independent individuals approximately six months ago.

Attached with this press release is a photo of Elijah.

Elijah's unknown whereabouts were brought to the attention of authorities by DCYF yesterday, October 14, 2021. The Merrimack Police Department immediately began an investigation, and was assisted later that day by the New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Elijah was never reported missing to authorities prior to this time.

Officials are also looking to speak with Elijah's mother Danielle Denise Dauphinais, age 35, who may be in the company of Joseph Stapf, age 30.  They are believed to be driving a red/maroon 2007 Toyota Tundra with New Hampshire license plate JOJOD78. Attached with this press release are photos of Ms. Dauphinais and Mr. Stapf.  Ms. Dauphinais is described as 5'4" tall, weighs approximately 165 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Stapf is described as 5'10" tall, weighs approximately 170 lbs with brown hair and green eyes.  Attached are photos of Ms. Dauphinais and Mr. Stapf, as well as a photo of a similar red 2007 Toyota Tundra.

sample photo of 2007 toyota tundra

Sample Photo of a 2007 Toyota Tundra

Anyone with information on Elijah's whereabouts, or anyone who knows Danielle Dauphinais or Joseph Stapf's whereabouts or the location of their truck is asked to contact the Merrimack Police Department's Crimeline at (603) 424-2424 or New Hampshire State Police Communications at (603) 223-4381 or 603-MCU-TIPS (603-628-8477). Lead Investigator Detective Sergeant Kelly Healey, Major Crime Unit, can be contacted directly at Kelly.A.Healey@dos.nh.gov.

Based on the information currently known to investigators, there does not appear to be any danger to the public. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available while protecting the integrity of the investigation.

2020 photo of Danielle Dauphinais

Danielle Dauphinais – January, 2020

photo of Joseph Stapf

Joseph Stapf – Unknown Date

2019 photo of Joseph Stapf

Joseph Stapf – 2019

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658