BECKET, Mass. (WWLP) - Eighteen state police divers from Massachusetts and New York were in the Berkshire County town of Becket Tuesday, looking for clues in a more than two decades old case.
Convicted serial killer Lewis Lent told police he kidnapped and killed 16-year-old Jamie Lusher back in 1992, and dumped the remains in the Route 20 side of Greenwater Pond.
David Procopio with Massachusetts State Police told 22News that there are quite a few challenges in this search: the length of time that body may have been in the water, the size of 88-acre Greenwater Pond, and it's depth -- 58 feet at the deepest point.
"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.
Theresa Sorrentino and her husband have lived on Greenwater Pond for years. She told 22News that she was shocked to learn this tragedy could have ended in the neighborhood she loves.
"This is what my husband calls his paradise on Earth. He loves swimming. It's kind of almost eerie thinking we could have been swimming and part of his body could have come up on us," Sorrentino said.
And as a mother and grandmother herself, Theresa said she's thinking of Jamie's own mother who passed away without ever finding her boy, and the rest of his family during this difficult time.
"I don't know how I would feel. I think I'd be devastated to bring this all back into my mind again after so many years," she added.
Procopio told 22News divers planned to do a line search and would also be using two scanning sonar devices that give them more information about the terrain at the bottom of the pond.
The dive team will be searching the pond for three days if necessary. If they do not find skeletal remains, clothing, or other items connected to Lusher, they will search the pond periodically as their schedule allows.