Officials identify missing New Milford man
Nike hypervenom soccer cleats cassie, a Great Dane from New Haven, takes a drink from Lake Lillinonah as police and search groups scan the water for New Milford resident Eric Langlois near the Lake Lillinonah nike hypervenom soccer cleats boat launch area in Bridgewater, Conn. on June 12, 2013. more
Captain Raul Camejo with the State Environmental Conservation Police, briefs reporters near the Lake Lillinonah bridge, where seaches are looking for New Milford photographer Eric Langlois, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Langlois went missing Tuesday from the Lover’s Leap bridge area of New Milford. less
Captain Raul Camejo with the State Environmental Conservation Police, briefs reporters near the Lake Lillinonah bridge, where seaches are looking for New Milford photographer Eric Langlois, Wednesday, June 12, and is unlikely to be resumed until Friday.
Earlier Wednesday, Capt, of the state ‘s Conservation Police Force, said state and local police were searching intensely, since heavy rains are forecast for Thursday.
On Wednesday night, Camejo said the search would not resume until Friday at the earliest, and would be considerably smaller in size than Wednesday’s all out effort.
“I don’t have the manpower to do another full court press, Camejo said.
When the effort resumes, it will likely include a search along the shore nike hypervenom soccer cleats of the waterway, since currents from the expected rainfall will make it too dangerous to put divers in the water, Camejo said.
Lillinonah, part of the Housatonic River system, is a man made lake created by the Shepaug Dam. Lake owner lowered the lake 3 feet on Wednesday to provide room for heavy waters expected to pour down the Housatonic River on Thursday. But Camejo said the lower lake level made navigation difficult on Wednesday for some of the larger search and rescue boats.
The search was concentrated Wednesday in the 4 mile stretch of Lake Lillinonah between Lovers Leap State Park and the state boat launch on Route 133 in Bridgewater. The section the northern third of the state’s second largest lake has steep, wooded hills running down to the narrow lake.
Along with DEEP crews, state police, K 9 teams, the and the Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue team participated in the search.
Throughout the day, friends and fellow photographers, from throughout the state and as far away as New Jersey, gathered along the 4 mile route at the red iron footbridge at Lovers Leap State Park, at the Route 133 boat launch, and at a spot along Lillinonah Lake Road to bear witness to the new magista search.
At Lovers Leap bridge, people piled bottles of water, crates of apples and oranges, to aid those who searched in the park’s woods for Langlois.
One friend, from Farmington, who declined to give his name, said Langlois was held in high regard by his fellow photographers.
“If you have to pick one of the 10 best photographers in the state, he would be one of them, the man said.
One woman a member of the Connecticut Professional Photographer’s Association carried gallon jugs of water to the bridge. She lives in Guilford. Having read about Langlois’ plight, she said, she got in her car and drove to New Milford to lend her support.
“I didn’t even know him,” she said. “But we’re a pretty tight knit group.”
Camejo said the man was riding his mountain bike in Lovers Leap State Park Monday, slipped off a trail and fell into the river.
Camejo said the man got back to nike hypervenom soccer cleats shore safely, but lost his bike. He had his wife drive him back to the park Tuesday to see whether he could get the bike out of the water.
But the Housatonic was running very fast Tuesday because of the heavy rain. Camejo said the man fell in again and was swept away.
New Milford new magista police received a call from a woman Tuesday afternoon saying she’d heard a man crying for help. That set off the search.
Langlois’ uncle, of Danbury, said his nephew had “hit his head pretty hard” in the accident Monday.
“We don’t know where he is, if he is wandering around or if he fell in the water, Poulin said.
Several posts on Facebook and Twitter expressed concern for Langlois’ safety and one called for help in the search.
“Fellow CT photographer Eric Langlois has been missing since last night. A woman heard distress calls and saw someone struggling from the water and called 911, divers found nothing. We are assembling a group to help search at Lovers Leap state park can anyone come help? Also we will need plenty of water or fruit. The address is 2 192 Lake Lillinonah Rd N New Milford CT 06752, wrote a photographer from North Stonington on Facebook nike hypervenom soccer cleats new magista.