BECKET, Mass. (WWLP) – Troopers from two states joined Massachusetts Environmental Police officers in a search at Greenwater Pond in the Berkshire County town of Becket Wednesday. State Police Spokesperson David Procopio said that the pond was the site of a training exercise for the State Police Dive Team Thursday, and that the pond was specifically chosen for that training in hopes of finding the remains of Jamie Lusher, a 16-year old boy from Westfield who disappeared back in 1992.
Lusher was last seen riding his bike on the way to his grandmother’s house in Blandford on November 6 of that year.
Greenwater Pond was searched over four days in the summer of 2013 after serial killer Lewis Lent admitted to Lusher’s killing. At the time, Lent told prosecutors that Lusher’s remains could be found there. The 2013 search was unsuccessful, but Procopio said that they made a promise to Lusher’s family that they would never stop looking.
Westfield resident Ed Osowski told 22News that Lusher’s disappearance has stayed with the community. “It was kind of a tragic thing because we had a young son also, and you didn’t expect people, something like to be happening,” Osowski said.
Procopio said that the decision was made to always choose Greenwater Pond when dive training was being conducted in the area, so that they can continue the search for Lusher’s body. He pointed out, however, that Wednesday’s search was not the result of any new developments in the cold case.
State police from New York joined Massachusetts troopers in Wednesday’s search and training exercise.