Body recovered from Walden Pond; may be that of Lincoln man last seen swimming in pond Sunday

A body was pulled from Walden Pond today whose appearance was consistent with that of the 63-year-old man who went missing in the water Sunday, State Police said.

The adult male body was recovered from the landmark pond at 11:48 a.m. The body was found in about 20 feet of water, approximately 75 yards from the shore, State Police said in a statement.

State Police have not confirmed that the victim is the missing man, but said the body’s appearance was consistent “with that of the 63-year-old man who was last seen swimming in the pond early Sunday evening.’’

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The man, a Lincoln resident, disappeared after going for an evening swim with his wife and a woman friend. They returned to shore while he remained in the water. The man, a regular swimmer at the pond, was reported missing around 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

For the past two days, State Police divers and Concord public safety officials had searched the pond and the network of trails around the historic pond for the man. On Monday, dive teams used sonar to search the glacial pond, which is 100 feet deep in the center, while officers on horseback and all-terrain vehicles searched the woods.

The state park, a popular spot for distance swimmers, was closed during the search.

A 7-year-old boy was rescued after nearly drowning in the pond in July. The popular tourist destination, where philosopher Henry David Thoreau lived for two years beginning in 1845 and which he immortalized in his book “Walden,” draws some 600,000 visitors each year.