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Autopsy Shows Drowning Cause of Death of Somers Man [Updated]

The search continues for 22-year-old Alexander Bergman, who went missing in Ridgefield on July 8.

Update at 12:30 p.m. on July 11

The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Alexander Bergman's death as "asphyxia by submersion" – a drowning.

LoHud.com looks at the impact of the death on the community of Somers. Four years ago, a close friend of Bergman was killed by a drunken hit-and-run driver.

Update at 11:30 a.m. on July 10

The Connecticut Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed that the body found in the pool belongs to Alexander Bergman, who went missing on Sunday. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is planned for Wednesday morning. 

According to lohud.com, Bergman was a 2007 graduate of North Salem High School.

Update as of 9 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 22-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. Patch will provide that information once it is made available.

Original story published on July 9:

Police in Ridgefield, CT, are searching for a 22-year-old Somers man who went missing on Sunday, July 8.

Alexander Bergman was last seen at 3 a.m. 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.

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

Police used all terrain vehicles and bloodhounds from the Connecticut State Police to search for Bergman in the woods on Sunday. The Westchester County helicopter was also used to assist in the effort.

Monday afternoon emergency workers broadened their search for the missing man to include three bodies of water. As to where the 22-year-old might be, Capt. Brian Terzian said he's "not assuming anything."

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

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, were parked.

About half a mile down the road, the Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue Team searched a small pond on 690 Ridgebury Rd. The Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue team was called in to look in three bodies of water this morning.

Authorities have used an emergency notification system to alert residents of the northern third of town about the incident, including a description of Bergman.

Editor's Note: The original version incorrectly stated the man is 23. He is 22. 

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JD July 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I'm confused so we spend tons of money looking for him all over Westchester and he is found in the swimming pool where he was last seen?
JD July 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Sorry tons of money spent in CT looking for him.

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