No Evidence Found in Second Day of Lusher Search
BECKET, Mass. (WGGB) — Divers returned to Becket Wednesday for day two of their search for Jamie Lusher’s remains, but still investigators came up with no new evidence.
Lusher was 16 years old when he was kidnapped and killed in Westfield almost 21 years ago.
Serial killer Louis Lent recently told investigators he left Lusher’s body there back in 1992.
Buoys placed in the Greenwater Pond waters are noticeably further out than they were Tuesday.
Divers say they are working farther from shore in this search and admit that this is a challenging mission. Still, they remain hopeful of finding remains of Jamie Lusher.
“It’s usually a very quiet lake. Weekends there’s boats on it, weekdays there’s nobody on it,” longtime resident Barton Bovae said.
It’s far from quiet this week at Greenwater Pond.
Eighteen divers took to the water early again Wednesday, meticulously searching the bottom of the large and deep body of water for any signs that Jamie Lusher’s body was placed here almost 21 years ago.
So far, nothing of value has been recovered.
Bovae has spent summers on Greenwater Pond for over 40 years. He’s never seen so much activity on the water. Underwater experts from New York and Massachusetts showed us Wednesday just how big 88 acres of water, in spots 60 feet deep, really is.
“We can’t specifically pinpoint from 21 years ago exactly where we need to search,” Sgt. Tom Barden of the New York State Police Dive Team said. “So basically we have the entire pond to cover, we’ll evaluate that as we go along.”
Divers submerged themselves Tuesday and Wednesday for up to an hour, following 150 foot underground ropes that make up a grid. Each spot of the water is hit two or three times.
They use their hands and a unique form of SONAR underwater imaging to get a closer look at layers of silt that have built up over the years.
“It gives you more of a chance to look at a certain area,” Barden said. “You have more opportunity to look at the same area over and over and over again to make sure you covered it, and then basically you pick up the tripod, take it to a new area, set it down, and take a look at that.”
Meantime, as work continued Wednesday, the Lusher family patiently stood on shore. hoping to soon have closure in a nightmare that’s lasted more than two decades.
The weather is helping divers make progress. They will return Thursday for the final day of this three day search.
If divers do not find any evidence of Jamie Lusher’s remains after tomorrow, they will periodically return to Greenwater Lake to keep looking.