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Missing Teen: Jamie Lusher - MA - 11/06/1992

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JAMIE LUSHER

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Age Progression

Case Type: Endangered Missing

DOB: Oct 15, 1976

Missing Date: Nov 6, 1992

Sex: Male

Race: White

Age at Missing: 16

Height:  5'2" (157 cm)

Weight:  110 lbs (50 kg)

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Missing City: WESTFIELD

Missing State :  MA

Missing Country: United States

Case Number: NCMC774510

Circumstances: Jamie's photo is shown age-progressed to 33 years. He was last seen on November 6, 1992 in Westfield, Massachusetts.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children  1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

OR

Westfield Police Department (Massachusetts) 1-413-562-5411

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http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/lusher_james.html

James Donald Lusher, Jr.

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Age-Progression to age 27 (circa 2003)

Medical Conditions:  Lusher suffers from hyperactivity and has the mental capacity of a twelve-year-old.

Details of Disappearance

Lusher was a special needs student enrolled at Westfield Alternative School in Westfield, MA in 1992.  He planned to ride his gray-green Huffy mountain bicycle from his father's residence in Westfield to his grandmother's house in Blandford, MA on November 6, 1992.  He planned to view a bicycle race in Blandford.  The trip was approximately 12 miles, but Lusher never arrived as was expected.

A server employed at Friendly's Restaurant in Westfield told authorities that Lusher visited the establishment on November 8, two days after he initially disappeared.  A hunter discovered his bicycle abandoned near a pond in a wooded area of the city on November 11.  The bike was brand new; Lusher had gotten it for his birthday three weeks before his disappearance.  Authorities drained the pond and conducted an extensive air and ground search, but no evidence related to Lusher's whereabouts was located.  He has never been heard from again.  Authorities and his family initially believed he was a runaway, but they no longer believe he left of his own accord. 

Convicted murderer Lewis S. Lent Jr. was placed near Westfield at the time of Lusher's disappearance.  A photo of Lent is posted below this case summary.  Lent was charged with the murder of another Massachusetts child, as well as the 1993 New York disappearance of Sara Wood.  He is also considered a possible suspect in the disappearances of Kimberly Moreau, Monique Santiago and Tammie McCormick.  Lent confessed to abducting and killing Wood, but recanted his statements afterwards.  He was convicted of her presumed homicide at a later date. 

Lent has never been charged in connection with Lusher's disappearance due to lack of evidence.  He has since stopped cooperating with the investigation.  Lusher's father does not believe Lent was necessarily involved; he says Lusher was disliked by many people in Westfield and may have been taken by one of them.  Lusher's parents were divorced in 1992 and he lived iwth his father; they had a troubled relationship.  Lusher's father describes his son as a moody, immature teenager who disliked school and had few friends.

Authorities tested Lusher's DNA against an unidentified Caucasian male discovered in Readsboro, Vermont in May 1997.  The tests indicated a strong probability that Lusher and the unidentified individual were the same person, but the results were not conclusive.  In April 2003, the John Doe was identified as Sean Lew Cutler, 28, who disappeared from New Jersey in 1996.

Foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved in Lusher's disappearance.

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Above: Lent

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Westfield Police Dept. at 413-562-5411.

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http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/07/jamie_lusher_case_update_hampd.html

 

Child serial killer Lewis Lent confesses to murder of Jamie Lusher, Westfield teen missing for over 20 years

 

By The Republican Newsroom

on July 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM, updated July 15, 2013 at 6:14 PM

 

WESTFIELD — Convicted murderer Lewis S. Lent Jr. has confessed to killing missing Westfield teenager James "Jamie" Lusher, telling investigators he left the boy's body in a Becket pond, law enforcement officials announced Monday.

 

Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said Lent, already serving a life sentence for the 1990 murder of a 12-year-old boy and the attempted abduction of a Pittsfield girl, will not be prosecuted for Lusher's murder.

 

The news conference was held at South Middle School in town, where Lusher was a student.

 

James Lusher, father of the boy, said he never entirely believed Lent was the killer. For a long time he suspected that his son got into a fight with other kids.

 

"I was never certain," Lusher said. "I now believe 99 percent that this is what happened."

 

Lusher was described as a boy who loved his dog, his dirt bike and his time in the woods.

 

Investigators on Tuesday will launch a full search of Greenwater Pond in Becket.

 

Timothy Alben, commander of the Massachusetts State Police, said searching the pond is a daunting task. The pond is 88 square acres and is as deep as 58 feet in places. "We remain hopeful. We remain optimistic. But we also have to be realistic," Alban said.

 

Lusher was last seen by family on Nov. 6, 1992, riding his mountain bike toward his grandmother's Russell Road home in Blandford. He was 16 and living with his father, James D. Lusher, at 148 Ridgeview Terrace at the time of his disappearance.

 

An intensive search of the area followed, with police initially believing Lusher was hiding and afraid to come home. Several days after he went missing, police interviewed a girl who lived in the neighborhood, who said she'd seen and spoken to Lusher.

 

"She asked him why he was hiding. He said he's afraid he's in trouble," Lt. John Camerota told The Republican at the time.

 

But, a search involving K-9 units, helicopters, psychics, and the dredging of a pond near a wooded area where investigators found Lusher's bike failed to find the missing boy.

 

The case was featured in a January 1993 segment on the show "America's Most Wanted", and investigators received 70 new tips in the days that followed.

 

Lent pleaded guilty in 1996 to the 1990 kidnapping and murder of Jimmy Bernardo, 12, of Pittsfield. He received a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole. He was later convicted in Herkimer, N.Y. for the kidnapping and murder of Sara Anne Wood, and sentenced to 25 years to life.

 

Investigators acknowledged Monday that Lent has often given conflicting accounts, leading investigators down a lot of blind alleys. But Mastroianni said police have been able to corroborate many of the details in Lent's recent confession.

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