Crews Spend Tuesday Searching Becket Pond for Jamie Lusher’s Body
BECKET, Mass. (WGGB) — Divers spent the day searching Greenwater Pond in Becket for the body of Jamie Lusher.
Convicted murderer Lewis Lent told police he dumped Lusher’s body in the water after kidnapping and killing him in Westfield back in 1992.
The divers are out of the water for the day, after spending much of Tuesday until about 4:00 p.m. on this area of Greenwater Pond where Lent says he supposedly dropped the body of Jamie Lusher.
Police won’t say how he told them he put the body in the water, only noting that their intelligence indicates today’s massive police operation is focused on the right area.
Lusher’s family quietly watches as divers search the pond for any signs that the then 16-year-old’s body was dumped here almost 21 years ago
“It’s been a long time since Jamie Lusher was placed here. We are looking for anything that doesn’t look like it belongs…skeletal remains or clothing items,” says State Police spokesperson David Procopio.
Items including the rubber based work boots Lusher’s dad says he was wearing when he ventured out for the Westfield bike ride he would never return from.
The Sorrentino family has spent summers on Greenwater Pond for 48 years
“The kid went missing ten days before I was born and to know that he was here all my life. It’s very freaky to me that it happened here where I am,” says Michael Sorrentino.
Theresa Sorrentino adds, “It’s a eery to know we have been here over 20 years swimming and not knowing there possibly is a young man entombed in here.”
Eighteen divers from Massachusetts and New York State Police are using sonar underwater visual technology as part of a meticulous search for Jamie’s remains
Procopio notes, “The divers are operating in line search grid manner. You’ve seen line searches on the ground, same thing in the water. Divers line up in line methodically and with the same cadence. Divers are responsible for each square in a grid.”
Command post and emergency trucks are lined up and down Route 20, leaving families like the Sorrentinos wondering how, if Lewis Lent is telling the truth, such a brutal crime could happen in such a tranquil, peaceful lake.
“Sad too for the family that is grieving now over again after this many years of not knowing what had happened to their son. This is obviously bringing it back to them. I really feel bad for them.”
Dive teams will return tomorrow and Wednesday.