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Lorna Rutkauskas—Missing Canoer—Found Dead in Local Lake

A canoe reportedly overturned in Nutting Lake in Billerica.

Divers search for a missing canoer in Nutting Lake in Billerica Thursday morning. Credit: Billerica Fire Department
Divers search for a missing canoer in Nutting Lake in Billerica Thursday morning. Credit: Billerica Fire Department
A missing canoer was found dead in Nutting Lake in Billerica Thursday morning.

Police said the body of Lorna Rutkauskas, 60, of Billerica, was recovered about an hour after she was reported missing.

Below is a news release from Billerica police:

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On Thursday, May 29, 2014 at approximately 6:30 AM Officers located an abandoned canoe on the western portion of Nutting Lake, Billerica.  Later that morning at approximately 9:50 AM, Billerica Police received a report of a missing person. The missing individual was identified as Lorna Rutkauskas, 60, of Billerica. It was subsequently determined the Ms. Rutkauskas was the owner of the recovered canoe. A search was immediately initiated with the assistance the MSP Airwing unit and Billerica Fire Department water rescue/recovery personnel. At approximately 11:00 AM an individual was discovered deceased in Nutting Lake.  The body was positively identified as Lorna Rutkauskas. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated by the Billerica Police and Massachusetts State Police.

Any additional questions on this matter can be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost at 978-490-5030.

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