Body of missing boater located after 2-day search in Lyme - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Body of missing boater located after 2-day search in Lyme

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The body of a missing boater was located at Hamburg Cove in Lyme on Tuesday afternoon after a two-day search. 

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said 50-year-old Julius K. Thigpen of Hartford disappeared after telling his family he went fishing on Sunday morning.

Crews focused their efforts on the Hamburg Cove area on Monday and Tuesday. 

His boat was found around 6 a.m. on Monday anchored in the water with no signs of someone falling overboard.

Land and water searches continued on Tuesday with EnCon police, state police and the Lyme Fire Department.

His body was found by the Connecticut State Police Dive Team around 1:30 p.m., DEEP officials confirmed to Eyewitness News. The body was found not far from where his boat was anchored.

"He was found in Hamburg Cove, right near the area where we had been generally looking, not far from where we found his boat," DEEP Sgt. Christopher Dwyer said. 

His family was on scene and were notified about the discovery.

Because the cove opens up to the Connecticut River, officials knew this recovery effort was a race against time.

"The area was an extremely rocky area, it took divers a considerable amount of time to grab him," Dwyer said. 

The incident remains under investigation by the EnCon police. The chief medical examiner's office will  perform an autopsy on the body to determine cause of death. 

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