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[UPDATED]: Body Found in Swimming Pool in Ridgefield

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

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. 



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, was last seen by his friends near 786 Ridgebury Road, wearing only 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.

Ridgefield Patch will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

JRM815 July 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Let me see if I this right -- he was missing for 16 hours, last seen wearing blue and white swimming trunks, and now they pull him from the swimming pool at the house where he was last seen. No one looked in the pool during those 16 hours?
Jlo July 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I thought the same thing but after looking around for more info it turns out he was last seen by his friends at 3am in nothing but swimming trunks (red flag) and they didn't report him missing until the next day. Apparently the police checked the pool but it wasn't maintained and the water was "murky" so they didn't seen anything until coming back to do a more thorough check. I'm sure the cops who checked it first are going to get a reaming from the chief but unfortunately the guy was long dead before that initial check, so the only thing they would have saved would have been money and the rescuers time.
Sushi July 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
They Keystone Cops of Fairfield County, strike out again! Not that they could have saved him, most likely, but the time lapse and where he was found eventually, is inexcusable. Murky pool water?? DRAIN IT IMMEDIATELY NEXT TIME! That's called doing good detective work - let common sense prevail.
Sushi July 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I will tell you exactly what it is - READ THE STATISTICS on a national basis - drownings occur all summer long and they do no discriminate from age, race, gender or quality of swimming skills. Drunk drownings, cardiac arrest, children falling in pools unsupervised, etc. etc. Goes on all summer long everywhere in the US. Pools are dangerous liabilities - from kiddie pools (YES, and bathtubs too where many children under 7 drown every day) to full blown inground pools. Even pools w/ fences and security alarms. YES, be vigilante. NO, do not ever swim alone. YES, know where kids, babies, infants, toddlers and teenagers are at all times during the summer if they are anywhere NEAR water. ACCIDENTS happen every minute of the day. 24/7 and 365. Pools are huge liabilities - get your kids swimming lessons early on and teach them to be RESPECTFUL not FEARFUL of the water. NEVER EVER leave children or babies anywhere near a pool w/out Adult or lifeguard supervision. Accidents are preventable. Keep that in mind and you will cut down your risk in half around swimming pools. There is no greater devastation to a parent then losing a child through a preventable accident such as what happens in a swimming pool drowning. A little fear is not a bad thing either as long as it is a healthy respect for the dangers of water.
Sushi July 16, 2012 at 01:11 AM
For the record, the photo above says this kid was born on 12/20/89 - so he would be 22 when he died and not 23 if that is the correct DOB. Patch is always adding up numbers wrong and publishing wrong ages! Get it right Patch if you want to ever become a real newsworthy product!! RIP - another sad ending to a promising life so it seems......

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