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Search for missing photographer scaled back; vigil to be held Monday

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NEW MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for a well known wedding photographer from New Milford, who disappeared Tuesday around the river's Lake Lillinonah.

EnCon officers on routine patrols made a daily check of the area Monday morning for 33-year-old Eric Langlois, who went missing last week after telling his wife he was heading to Connecticut's Housatonic River to retrieve a lost bicycle.

State and local law enforcement scaled back the official efforts on Father's Day to find the commercial photographer who went missing last week after he told his wife he was heading to Housatonic River to retrieve a lost bicycle.

"Everyone at DEEP understands that this is an emotional and sad time for friends, family and colleagues of Eric Langlois," Dennis Schain of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to them."

DEEP officials said they will continue to do daily searches in the area on foot

Police say Langlois crashed a mountain bike Monday in the river, which was swollen from heavy rains. But he managed to swim to shore.

Langlois told his wife he was going back Tuesday to look for the bicycle after he hit the right side of his head, cracking his helmet.

"Eric's two greatest passions in life are our children and photography. He's an amazing father to our children," said Amber Langlois about the father of two with a third due on Christmas Day.

Langlois's mountain bike was never found either.

An overwhelming amount of the couple's friends in the photography community joined forces with the family to help search.

"We have so many other photographers in our community that are stepping up to go and take care of their workload," said friend and fellow photographer Nicole Taylor.

Langlois's own grandfather spent time near the water where his grandson was last seen.

"Eric's like a brother to me, a very good friend of mine," Taylor said.

Nearly one week later, the online support continues to grow and more than $20,000 has been raised so far in a family fund for the Langlois.

A fundraiser was created by a child care provider, who previously looked after the couple's children, and wanted to help pay for them to go to summer camp. 

"We formed a strong bond and I love them very much," said Eileen Straiton in a statement to Eyewitness News. "Eric is an amazing hands-on father who has always been involved with his children and they adore him."

To donate to the fund, click the following link, http://www.youcaring.com/langloischildren

Family and friends of Langlois held a vigil Monday night at Lover's Leap Bridge around 7:30 p.m.

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