Search suspended for missing Griswold snowmobiler due to low visibility

GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) — The search temporarily resumed for a snowmobiler who went missing in Griswold in December.

Encon Police with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as well as Connecticut State Police were on the scene at Pachaug Pond on Tuesday, looking for 56-year-old John Dubois, of Griswold.

Searchers cut a large rectangular hole in the six inch thick ice. State Police then used a Remotely Operated Vehicle to search the water below.

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(Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH)

“We put the equipment down in there for several hours. Unfortunately, we had negative results again today due to lack of visibility in the water column,” said Sgt. Jim Kane with DEEP’s EnCon Police.

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Dubois disappeared on Dec. 16 while snowmobiling at the pond.

His snowmobile was located, but he has not yet been found.

Tuesday’s search ended at around 1:30 p.m. because of the poor visibility.

“Well the thing is, with the ice and the snow cover number one, it’s pitch black down there,” said Sgt. Kane. “There’s a lot of weed cover, a lot of weed cover in the pond, so the searchers were telling me that we only had about six inches of visibility so you don’t cover much ground that way.”

Searchers placed Christmas trees at the search site so others would know there is a huge hole in this ice.

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(Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH)

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Dubois lived in a nearby neighborhood right on the pond.

“Family’s appreciative but they want some closure obviously and we’re sorry that we can’t provide that to them,” said Sgt. Kane.

He says this is an ongoing effort and searchers will be back out on Pachaug Pond again.

 

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