Photographer missing after losing bike in river - WNEM TV 5

Photographer missing after losing bike in river

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NEW MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens braved the bad weather to search for a missing New Milford man along Lake Lillinonah in Lovers Leap State Park Thursday, who has been missing for about two days.

Eric Langlois, 33, was reported missing by his wife on Tuesday. She said he had fallen off his bike Monday and went into the lake, but was able to safely make it to shore.

She said he returned to the lake on Tuesday to see if he could recover his bike, but he never returned home.

EnCon police, along with members of the New Milford Fire and Police Departments, Bridgewater Fire Department, Connecticut State Police, Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue, Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Lake Lillinonah Association have been looking for Langlois  since getting a report that a man was seen struggling in the water.

About 25 to 50 people came out looking for the man who they said is an amazing friend, photographer and family man. 

"He's an amazing dad, husband, great friend, great teacher, definitely an amazing photographer," said Mary Beth Morrisssey of Essex. "Like I said, we all want to be like Amber and Eric."

Langlois is a married father of two children and his wife is pregnant with their third child. 

"Eric is someone to aspire to as a photographer but also a person. He's somebody who taught us all a lot along the way," Morrisssey said. "We've all learned something from him and shared a beer with him so that's the type of person he is."

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials said the search was suspended Wednesday night because of darkness, and was suspended again Thursday because of "potentially dangerous currents and flood conditions."

They've already lowered the lake levels and searched everything above the water line.

DEEP Officials said the search would resume Friday as long as weather conditions improve.

"Please be assured that DEEP will devote all appropriate resources to attempt to locate Mr. Langlois," said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty in a statement Thursday. "DEEP EnCon Police will continue to keep family members aware of the status of the search at all times, and to keep the public informed."

Friends said they could use some more help, especially if anyone has a boat or a kayak they'd be willing to bring in for the search.

At this point, EnCon police are considering this is a recovery mission.

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