Police pull body from Congamond Lake

Search and rescue teams from Southwick and the Massachusetts State Police pull a body from Congamond Lake May 7, 2020 after a two-day search for a missing person. (HOPE E. TREMBLAY/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

SOUTHWICK- A body was pulled from Congamond Lake’s South Pond May 7 after a two-day search.

“At approximately 11 a.m. divers discovered the body of an adult male subject that matched the description of the person that we had been searching for,” said Police Chief Kevin A. Bishop, “The body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office for further identification. Nothing appears to be suspicious at this time. The name of the subject will not be released until next of kin have been notified.”

Southwick Police began searching the lake the morning of May 6 after receiving  a report at 9 a.m. that an empty kayak was seen floating with  a paddle and a life vest inside.Massachusetts State Police, Environmental Police and the Southwick Fire Department assisted Southwick Police in the search. 

A vehicle belonging to the missing person was parked Wednesday at the South Boat Ramp. Police identified the owner and his family confirmed he was not accounted for at that time.

Fire Chief Russ Anderson said that they conducted sonar scanning and provided security of the waterway so that police boats could conduct scanning on the lake.

A Massachusetts State Police helicopter leaves Southwick May 7, 2020 following a search for a missing person on Lake Congamond. (HOPE E. TREMBLAY/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

Southwick Police and Fire personnel stand on the shores of South Pond at the Town Beach May 7, 2020 during a search for a missing person at the lake. (HOPE E. TREMBLAY/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

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