Police were back out on Greenwater Pond with three boats on Friday to search for the remains of James Lusher.
BECKET, Mass. — State police were back out on Greenwater Pond this week searching for the body of James "Jamie" Lusher, who went missing 21 years ago.
Serial killer Lewis Lent confessed earlier this summer to killing the 16-year-old and disposing of his body in the deep pond.
Police searched the pond for three days with no results last month; this time, they brought in new technology from a Quincy company.
A state police dive team and the state environmental police were searching for the body on Tuesday and Thursday. On Thursday, the boat teams were equipped with an unmanned, underwater robot that transmitted sonar images to a laptop on the boats.
"It plugs into a laptop and you get video images of whatever the sonar sees," said Rand LeBouvier, strategic communications director for Bluefin Robotics. "It allows you to see the data in real time."
The technology was on loan to police after both sides were made aware of each other's needs. The robot is programmed for a certain depth and course to take the images. The vessel can be used for all types of underwater searches including exploring piers and sunken ships, said LeBouvier.
The Pentagon's using the aquatic robots in a program to hunt down submarines.
"We thought this was a very good opportunity to see if we can help," LeBouvier said.
When the sonar finds a "target" the divers investigate. The divers were focusing on the same area as a previous three-day search for the body, according to police on the scene. Officers said a larger search will be scheduled if the remains are not located.
Bluefin was founded in 1997 by a group of engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company makes unmanned undersea vehicles for different types of usage and depths.
Lusher went missing in 1992 when he was 16 years old. The Westfield teen was last seen riding his bicycle to his grandmother's home in Blandford.
In July, both police and family said they were confident that the body had been dumped into the pond.