BECKET, Mass. (WWLP) - Police are hoping to find the remains of a western Massachusetts teenager who disappeared back in 1992; a teen who the Hampden County District Attorney now says was the victim of a serial child killer.
On Tuesday morning, Massachusetts and New York State Police, as well as Environmental Police, began searching at Greenwater Pond in Becket for the remains of Jamie Lusher . The 16 year-old was last seen riding his bike in Westfield on November 6, 1992.
18 state police divers are part of the effort, and authorities have committed to a three-day search of the pond. On Tuesday, divers will look until about 2:00 in the afternoon. They will do a line search, as well as use two sonar devices that give them information about the terrain at the bottom of the pond.
Watch the video to get a look at the search efforts.
State Police spokesperson David Procopio told 22News that there are quite a few challenges to their search: the length of time the body may have been in the water, the size of 88 acre Greenwater Pond, and it's depth-- 58 feet at it's deepest. He said they hope to find some piece of Jamie that might give his family peace.
"We do hope the family receives some closure from knowing this is the location, and even more so if we can find some remains or something connected to Jamie that can be brought home to his family," Procopio said.
During a news conference in Westfield on Monday, District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said that convicted serial killer Lewis Lent confessed to killing Lusher. The DA said that he offered not to prosecute Lent (who is already serving a life sentence) if he provided good evidence that led them to Lusher's remains.
The DA says Lent detailed the killing, and told them that they could find Lusher's body at the pond.
Investigators believe that disposed of Lusher's body in the Route 20 side of the pond, which is also abutted by the Massachusetts Turnpike.