Body of missing teen pulled from Candlewood Lake in New Milford identified

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The body of a 17-year-old boy, who was reported missing on Monday, has been pulled from Candlewood Lake in New Milford Wednesday.  

The rescue mission turned into a recovery mission early Tuesday morning. 

At this time, according to the Connecticut State Department of Education, the teen has been identified as a student at Abbott Technical High School in Danbury.  New Milford Police identify him as Joshua DaSilva.

Police said the teen disappeared while swimming with friends on Memorial Day in Candlewood Lake.

Locals told News 8 swimming in the area can be very dangerous.

Michael Anastas said, “We seem to have a fatality here about every year. Young people getting into the water and not realizing how deep it is. There’s no beach. They have to jump off a rock. And if they’re not good swimmers, they can get lost.”

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Alex Larkin added, “The current there is very strong. It’s dangerous for basically the time because the water is really cold and the current is really strong around that area.”

Local rescue crews along with the State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection searched the waters between Dike Point Park and Rock Island. Neighbors told News 8 the water is murky and cold.  

Vincent Beauleau said, “It’s very cloudy and there is so much garbage and debris in the water.”

Anastas added, “It’s very cold here in May. The water has not yet reached swimmable temperature.”

Teams used sonar equipment and dogs in the recovery mission.

“It’s tragic and I’m very sorry,” said Anastas.

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