New York authorities hope to resume search for Sara Anne Wood

Sara Anne Wood

Authorities in Massachusetts have started searching for the remains of 16-year-old James Lusher at a pond in Becket, Massachusetts.

Authorities announced Monday that Lewis Lent has admitted to killing Lusher, who was never seen again after leaving his Massachusetts home on a bicycle in 1992. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said Lent confessed to killing Lusher and told them where to find the remains.

Massachusetts and New York State Police dive teams entered Greenwater Pond in Becket on Tuesday morning, looking for clothes, bones or anything that can be tied to the boy. The pond is 88 square acres and up to 58 feet deep.

In New York, authorities are closely watching the developments in Massachusetts in hopes of reopening the search for Sara Anne Wood.

On Tuesday, State Police Captain Mark Lincoln, with Troop D in Oneida, issued the following statement: â??New York State Police have been in regular and constant communication with Massachusetts authorities regarding Lewis Lent. We are not in a position to comment at this time regarding any open investigations.â??

Captain Lincoln has been heading the police investigation in association with Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Harpenter in their search for Sara Anne Wood.

Wood disappeared while riding her bike in a rural part of Herkimer County in the Town of Litchfield on August 18, 1993. Despite Lentâ??s clues to investigators about a possible location of Wood's remains, her body has never been found.

Just this past February, Harpenter told CNY Central that local authorities are considering resuming the search for Wood's body. On Monday, Harpenter told CNY Central that they are going to â??devote some attention to it, and weâ??re going to try our best to locate her.â??

Her disappearance at the hands of a child killer received national attention and led to the establishment of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Utica.

Lent pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years to life for the abduction and murder of Wood, but was already serving a life sentence for the murder of a Massachusetts child, 12-year-old Jimmy Bernardo.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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