December 1, 2021

State Police Recover Body From Connecticut River off Essex

ESSEX— State police Monday recovered a man’s body from the South Cove of the Connecticut River after a search for a missing New York man that began Sunday evening. Police had not formally identified the body as of Monday afternoon, though the search has been discontinued for Richard Cianflone, 29, of Vahalla, N.Y.

Cianflone had been visiting Essex over the weekend with friends, attending theĀ  Essex Lions Club Lobster Festival that was held Saturday at the Main Street Park. Cianflone later visited the Griswold Inn, and was last seen late Saturday night. Friends reported him missing Sunday, leading police to begin a search Sunday evening with tracker dogs and a team of divers.

Police said Cianflone’s cell phone was recovered in the river’s South Cove, in the vicinity of Rackett Lane and Benson Lane, two small streets extending off Main Street in the downtown village. The search resumed Monday morning, and police recovered the body of a male around 10 a.m. The office of the Chief State Medical Examiner in Farmington is expected to perform an autopsy on the body.