Body found in Congamond Lake in Southwick

Hampden County

**UPDATE AS OF 2:45 P.M.**

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Police found a body in Congamond Lake in Southwick Thursday afternoon after searching all day Wednesday for a man that was believed to have been kayaking on the lake.

Southwick Police Chief Kevin Bishop told 22News, around 11 a.m. divers found the body of a man that matched the description of who they were looking for. The body has been turned over to the medical examiner’s office for further identification and the identity will not be released at this time.

Bishop said nothing appears to be suspicious at this time.

Original story below:

The search, which began Wednesday morning, ended early in the evening after a team of state and local law enforcement were unable to locate an individual believed to have been on a kayak on the lake. Southwick Police, State Police Air Wing, Southwick Fire Department, and Environmental Police continued their search at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Southwick Police Chief Kevin Bishop told 22News, shortly after 9 a.m Wednesday., police received a report of a kayak floating in South Pond with a life preserver and a paddle in it. They were unable to identify who was operating the kayak, if someone was operating it, or if it just floated away.

At 3:56 P.M. Wednesday Bishop told 22News, police discovered a vehicle parked at one of the boat ramps and after speaking with all of the active boaters on the lake they found the vehicle does not belong to them.

Bishop said police are searching the lake with the belief that the person that may have been in the kayak is also the owner of that vehicle. Officers have spoken with the family that the vehicle is registered to and they confirmed that one family member is unaccounted for at this time.

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