RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The body of a 23-year-old missing Westchester County man was found in Connecticut on Monday following an all-out search.
On Monday evening recovered a body in a pool that has been identified as that of 23-year-old Alex Bergman of Somers, a 2007 North Salem High School graduate, who has been missing since early Sunday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut said.
Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi confirmed to The Journal News/LoHud.com that the body was removed from a murky pool.
“The pool was very, very cloudy,” Marconi said. “The lights couldn’t see the bottom.”
Bergman was last seen about 3 a.m. Sunday near a home at 786 Ridgebury Road, where the pool is. He was reported missing at 3 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday or Thursday, the medical examiner's office said.
Ridgefield police used all-terrain vehicles and bloodhounds to search for Bergman.
The Westchester County police helicopter assisted in the search from the air Sunday evening.
A dive team from a Connecticut police department searched ponds and lakes near where Bergman was last seen.
The search resumed Monday on land and in two ponds and a lake before the pool was searched again.
No one answered the door Monday at Bergman’s home on Briarwood Drive in Somers.
Longtime family friend Dorothy Nicoletti of Somers was in tears Monday night as she spoke of Bergman.
“He was a good kid, such a good kid,” she said. “I feel horrible. I am hurting so much for his family and his friends.”
Nicoletti’s son Erik, a graduate of North Salem High School and student at the University of Tampa, died Nov. 21, 2009, after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. He and Bergman were close friends, the mother said. The two graduated from North Salem High School in 2007.
North Salem Schools Superintendent Kenneth Freeston said he’d spoken to several of Bergman’s teachers. “Alex was a gifted writer, thinker, friend to all who knew him. A wonderful student and person in every way,” Freeston said. He added, “We express our deepest sympathies to Alex's family and friends.”
School board President Deborah D’Agostino said she knows the Bergman family from school events over the years.
“They’re longtime residents of the school district,” D’Agostino said of the family before the body was found. “Alex is a lovely young man, and I think that our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
Bergman played varsity lacrosse — he was an attackman, his coach Brendan Curran said – when he attended North Salem High School.
Curran said Bergman was a member of the varsity program’s first class of players and was among the group that helped the program find its footing.
“He always gave his best effort and always tried his hardest,” said Curran, now the lacrosse coach for Scarsdale High School.