PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police are searching on and around Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield Wednesday.
According to Pittsfield Lieutenant Gary Traversa, a suspicious vehicle was found Monday afternoon around 2:23 p.m. in Blue Anchor Park, adjacent to Pontoosuc Lake. Officers discovered the registered owner of the vehicle was missing from New York on May 5th and it is believed the vehicle was abandoned.
Due to the driver of the vehicle still missing, the Pittsfield Police began searching the lake on Monday. The search continued into Tuesday for nearly seven hours. Additional resources and equipment was requested and the search continued into Wednesday.
The search is ongoing and being conducted with Pittsfield police, Berkshire County Sherriff’s Office, Massachusetts Environmental Police, and State Police. The search is in the area of the southern portion of Pontoosuc Lake.
Pontoosuc Lake is approximately 511 acres between the City of Pittsfield and the Town of Lanesborough with maximum depths of up to 35 feet.
Police are asking the public to avoid the Blue Anchor Park area and the boat ramp as the search continues.