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Body Found in Swimming Pool [Updated]

It is believed to be that of 23-year-old Alexander Bergman, who went missing early Sunday morning.


Update as of 7:45 p.m. on July 9

About 40 hours after being reported missing by his friends, the search for Alexander Bergman has ended.

The Ridgefield Press is reporting that a body, believed to be that of the 23-year-old, was pulled late this afternoon from a swimming pool at the house where Bergman was last seen.

Police have not yet released an official statement about the incident. Ridgefield Patch will provide that information once it is made available.

Update at 1:40 p.m. on July 9

Emergency workers broadened their search for Alexander Bergman to include bodies of water in the woods where he went missing early Sunday morning. As to where the 23-year-old might be, Ridgefield Police Capt. Brian Terzian said he’s “not assuming anything.”

At the corner of Ridgebury Road and Saw Mill Roads, Terzian and other police have set up on the shaded corner. Several police vehicles, including SUVs with cages for the search dogs, are parked.

About half a mile down the road, the Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue Team searched a small pond on 690 Ridgebury Road.

Update at 11:25 a.m. on Monday, July 9

The Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue team has been called in to look in three bodies of water for Alexander Bergman, a 23-year-old who went missing at 3 a.m. on July 8.

Meanwhile, Ridgefield police and other local and state emergency personel are still combing the woods, with the help of seven K9 units.

Update at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 9

Authorities are still searching for Alexander Bergman, who was reported missing early Sunday morning. 

Original Story published on Sunday, July 8 at 7:45 p.m.
State and local authorities have launched a search in the Ridgefield woods for a 23-year-old man who went missing about 16 hours ago.

Alexander Bergman, of Somers, N.Y., was last seen by his friends near 786 Ridgebury Road, wearing only a blue and white swimming trunks, according to Ridgefield Fire Chief Heather Burford. Bergman was reported missing by his friends, she said.

While Burford would not comment as to the circumstances surrounding the missing person report, she said, "Obviously safety is a concern."

Bergman is described as a 6-foot, 2-inch tall white male who weighs 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities have used an emergency notification system to alert residents of the northern third of town about the incident, including a description of Bergman. If anyone sees him, they are asked to call at 203-438-6531.

A Coordinated Effort

Burford said that bloodhounds from the Connecticut State Police are in the woods attempting to track Bergman. ATV vehicles are on scene and are at the ready to roll out if and when the bloodhounds pick up a scent, Burford said.

Reports also indicate that aerial support from Westchester County is being used to assist in the effort.

Correction: Alexander Bergman was incorrectly identified as being from Somers, Conn. He is from Somers, N.Y.

Chrissy Bucci July 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Which three bodies of water are being searched? I'm thinking one might be the lake at Shadow Lake Preserve. What are the other two?
Chrissy Bucci July 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I hope he is found safe and sound.
Maviboncuk July 09, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I've seen Alex a few times because his father used to work at our company. Nice kid, I hope they find him and he's okay... :(
Bob Corwin July 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I hope this turns out well for this young man. There are volunteer K9 teams in the state that could be a great help with this search, but I know of one ( Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue. www.CCSAR.org ) that have offered their teams to the Police in charge. They haven't requested their assistance as of yet. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Gary Jeanfaivre July 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I am sorry to report that a body has been found in a swimming pool and police believe it is Alexander. Here is everything we know right now: http://patch.com/A-vTbR

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