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Framingham Fire and Police Search River for Missing Woman

September 24, 2011 (5:52 pm EST)
Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris
FFD / FPD missing person water search, September 24, 2011

Framingham Police Sgt. Michael Loughman secures scene as Fire Fighters from Framingham Station 2, Engine 2 prepare launch for missing person water search on Centennial Place. (September 24, 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - At approximately 2:45p.m., Saturday September 24, 2011, members of the Framingham Fire Department, from Engine Company 2, Station 2, (the Watson St. Fire Station), along with Framingham Police search and rescue began a search of the Sudbury River, reportedly looking for Susan Bamvakis, a 50 year old woman had gone missing earlier this week.

On Friday, Framingham Police issued a "Reverse 911" call to area residents asking that they notify police if they spotted Bamvakis who suffers from bi-polar disorder and can not take care of herself.

The call informed residents that Bamvakis was last seen wearing a brightly colored shirt, black stretch pants and black shoes near her McAdams Road home.

(photo 2) FFD / FPD missing person water search, September 24, 2011

Framingham Fire and Police personel ready to put in search craft at canoe portage area off Central Street above the Great Falls at Saxonville. (September 24, 2011)

According to one of the residents of Centennial Place, Framingham Fire and Police were searching the area as they beleived a cell phone found near a bend in the river on Central St. across from Johnson St. may have belonged to Bamvakis.

Residents of the Centennial Street neighborhood feared Bamvakis may have wandered down a path used as a portage for canoeists to navigate around the shallow, but swift moving part of the river that leads to the reservoir above the falls.

Ms. Bamvakis is 5' 2"  tall, weighs approximately 115 lbs., and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Framingham Police Officers Chris Langmeyer dives in the Sudbury River Saturday, September 24, 2011 during a missing person search.

Framingham Police Officers Chris Langmeyer on a search and rescue dive mission searching for missing woman in Sudbury River, September 24, 2011.

(Photo courtesy of Wayne Dion,

At the time of this writing, Bamvakis had not yet been found.  Framingham Police ask that anyone with information as to Bamvakis' whereabouts call the non-emergency police line at:  (508) 872-1212.


  1. UPDATE: On Monday September 26, 2011 at approx 1:00pm, a kayaker reported finding the body of a woman matching Susan Bamvakis’ description in a part of the Sudbury River below the falls where the river runs behind the high school, then passes under Concord St. near the Riverside Gas Station. The body has not been formally identified and the death is still under investigation.

    Comment by News Staff — September 26, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

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