Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Associated Press
BECKET, Mass. – Eighteen divers from the Massachusetts and New York state police dive teams started to search the deep waters of a western Massachusetts pond on Tuesday for the remains of a teenager who disappeared 21 years ago.
James Lusher stands on the shore as police search for the body of his late son,James "Jamie" Lusher, in Greenwater Pond Tuesday, July, 16, 2013 in Becket, Mass. Jamie Lusher was 16 when he disappeared in Westfield, Mass., on Nov. 6, 1992. The search comes a day after authorities announced that Lewis Lent Jr., serving a life sentence for killing two children, confessed to killing Lusher. (AP Photo/Berkshire Eagle, Ben Garver)
Massachusetts and New York State Police dive teams head out on Greenwater Pond to search for the body of James "Jamie" Lusher Tuesday, July, 16, 2013, in Becket, Mass. Lusher was 16 when he disappeared in Westfield, Mass., on Nov. 6, 1992. The search comes a day after authorities announced that Lewis Lent Jr., serving a life sentence for killing two children, confessed to killing Lusher. (AP Photo/Berkshire Eagle, Ben Garver)
The search at Greenwater Pond in Becket, with the help of two sonar-equipped boats, comes a day after law enforcement authorities announced that a man already serving a life sentence for killing two 12-year-old children confessed to killing James Lusher, 16, in 1992. The youth was last seen leaving his Westfield home on his bike on the way to his grandmother's house about 12 miles away.
Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said Lewis Lent Jr. confessed to killing Lusher and told authorities where to find the remains. Lent is spending life in prison after pleading guilty to killing Jimmy Bernardo of Pittsfield in 1990 and Sara Ann Wood of Frankfort, N.Y., in 1993. Sara Ann's body has never been found.
The search started in the center of the 88-acre pond because that is where Lusher is believed to have been put in the water, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said.
"The divers will be conducting a grid search from the point that we believe is the location of entry for Jamie Lusher," he said. They are looking for bones, clothes or shoes in the pond that is up to 58 feet deep, with a bottom covered in sediment.
The plan is to search for three days. The search beyond that depends on the availability of divers, he said.
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In this April 29, 1996 file photo, Lewis Lent Jr. is led from the Berkshire County Courthouse in Pittsfield, Mass., after a competency hearing was postponed. Massachusetts law enforcement authorities said Monday, July 15, 2013, that Lent, who is serving a life sentence for killing two children, also is responsible for the disappearance and death of James Lusher, 16, who was never seen again after leaving his Westfield, Mass., home on a bicycle ride in 1992. (AP Photo/Alan Solomon (AP Photo/Alan Solomon, File)