His body is recovered from the water off the coast of Miami along with seventeen others, and brought into an air-conditioned field morgue to preserve them.
When Lila Tourney tells Dexter that she doesn't believe that evil people exist in the world, he takes her inside the field morgue to see his victims. (He doesn't tell her that he killed them.) To his surprise, instead of being horrified, Lila is fascinated by the bags of corpses and even asks to touch Cepeda's body.
Later, Dexter secretly returns to the morgue and sabotages the air conditioning unit, which turns all the bodies into pink mush.
Detective Gonzales is assigned to Cepeda.
In Frank Lundy's office on his board, Joseph is noted to be Bay Harbor Butcher Victim Number 9.