Body pulled from Watershops Pond in Springfield

Unclear whether body is that of missing 17 year-old boy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A body was pulled from Watershops Pond in Springfield Monday afternoon, in the second day of the search for a missing 17 year-old boy.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that a body was pulled from the water at around 2:30 P.M., though he could not confirm whether or not it is the boy they were looking for.

Friends of the missing teen held a candlelight vigil for the missing teen Monday night.

Police searching Watershops Pond for missing teenager

Delaney told 22News that the 17 year-old was reported missing Sunday morning, but had not been seen since his friends say that he jumped off the bridge the night before.

Delaney says that it is believed the teen may have drowned.

Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that the body was found not far from the train trestle where the boy’s friends say he jumped into the water.

22News spoke with a father whose son is friends with the missing teen. He said the train trestle has been a popular swimming spot for a long time.

“They’re not committing any crimes,” Shaun Hurst said. “They’re just having a little fun, but sometimes that can be tragic.”

Hurst said he hopes other young men can somehow learn from this tragic experience.

Police will not release the identity of the person pulled from the pond until the family positively identifies the remains.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police Dive Team and personnel from the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs joined Springfield police and firefighters on Sunday and Monday in their search of the pond and surrounding area.

Image Courtesy: Springfield Fire Department