Westerly PD: Body of Connecticut woman found in pond

By: Hannah Dickison

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WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) — Westerly Police have found the body of a Connecticut woman who went missing Christmas Eve.

Police said 68-year-old Lucia Ritacco was reported missing from her Pawcatuck home after she went Christmas shopping Monday morning.

According to officials, a surfer saw her Jeep parked at the Weekapaug breechway in Westerly Monday night into Tuesday, which prompted efforts to find her.

Police said they found her body after a search of the Winnapaug Pond around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Officers obtained surveillance video that showed a person in the water traveling in a fast moving current towards the pond, which led police to the area.

Her body was located at the shoreline near the end of the breach way.

A cause of death is currently being determined as Westerly Police continue to investigate.

This story is developing. Refresh for details as they become available.

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