Authorities have found a body in the Connecticut lake near where missing photographer Eric Langlois disappeared last week. Langlois, 33, was last seen June 11, by his wife, Amber, before she dropped him off at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford to retrieve his mountain bike, which had fallen into the water when he biked there the day before.
Officials with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told reporters they received word that a body was found in Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater at about noon Tuesday.
The body was reportedly spotted by a person who was standing on a dock in Bridgewater across from the lake where state and local police, along with family and friends, had started the search for the 33-year-old father of two last week.
The state’s medical examiner has been notified in an effort to identify the body, officials said.
Authorities in Connecticut yesterday scaled back the search for the well-known wedding photographer after hitting a dead end in the hunt for clues. “Everyone at DEEP understands that this is an emotional and sad time for friends, family and colleagues of Eric Langlois,” DEEP’s Environmental Conservation Police unit said in a statement Sunday. “Our hearts go out to them.”
Earlier Tuesday, Langlois’ wife told Fox News she was disappointed by that move. “It’s heartbreaking news to hear, but I was kind of preparing myself for that,” Amber Westlake Langlois told FoxNews.com on Tuesday.
Shortly after the time Amber dropped Eric off, police received a 911 call from a woman who’d been hiking in the park and heard a man call for help. “We’re not sure if he ever found his bike, [or] if he was trying to pull his bike up and fell in,” Amber told reporters at the time. She went on to describe her husband as having a “badly scraped left shoulder” and cracked helmet after his initial crash. “Looking back, he did seem a little unusual,” she said. “My sister noted his pupils were dilated and his balance was a little off.”
Amber Langlois described the waters of Lake Lillinonah to be quite deceiving as they can be extremely dangerous at times. “There’s all kinds of weird currents, and every day we’ve been there the body of water looks different,” she told Fox News. “And we know he was sore and may have had a concussion, so he might not have been swimming as his normal, healthy self,” she added.
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