RAYMOND, ME. (WTNH) — The body of a missing Connecticut man was found in a pond in the state of Maine Friday morning.
The Maine Game Warden Service reports that the body of 52-year-old Christopher Hughes, of Trumbull, was located shortly after 9:00 a.m. Friday about 200 feet from shore in Panther Pond, located in the town of Raymond.
According to Maine wardens, at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night, Hughes went canoeing off the eastern shore of the pond. Hughes and several co-workers were staying at a camp off Sloan’s Cove Road in Raymond while working construction in New Hampshire.
A friend and co-worker, David Donahue, also from Connecticut, went out on the pond in a separate kayak along with Hughes. Donahue told wardens that he soon heard yelling from Hughes a short distance away, but was not able to get to him.
Hughes did not have and was not wearing a lifejacket, according to game wardens. It is unclear what may have caused Hughes to enter the water.
Raymond firefighters responded to search for Hughes beginning at 11:00 p.m. Thursday night. Hughes’ body was found by 9:00 a.m. Friday, with search teams on the water and in the air.
Hughes’ body was taken to Augusta for examination by the Medical Examiner’s Office. After examination, Hughes will be returned to Connecticut.