DEEP, state, and local police find body of missing man in pond in Lyme

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LYME — Several crews spent the afternoon searching searching Nehantic State Forest and Uncas Pond in Lyme Tuesday afternoon for a missing person. His body was found around 3 p.m. in the pond.

DEEP worked with the Connecticut State Police Dive Team and local police to search for the man. Officials say the death is being treated as a suicide, but an autopsy will be conducted to confirm that.

Ashley Saunders, age 62, was described as about 5-foot-11, 170 pound, with a thin build with hazel eyes and grey hair. He was reported missing from Waterford just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, and hadn’t been seen since Monday evening around 6:30 p.m.

Saunders’ car was located in the forest earlier in the day, DEEP said in a statement.

The Waterford Police Department asked for assistance from the public in locating Mr. Saunders as there were some health concerns.