DEEP identifies man found dead in Winchester Lake as Torrington resident

Environmental Conservation Police with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to Winchester Lake after fire officials alerted the agency that crews recovered a male body near an overturned canoe on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The victim was identified on Wednesday as 50-year-old Phillip Blouin of Torrington, Conn.

Environmental Conservation Police with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to Winchester Lake after fire officials alerted the agency that crews recovered a male body near an overturned canoe on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The victim was identified on Wednesday as 50-year-old Phillip Blouin of Torrington, Conn.

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WINCHESTER — The man who was found dead in Winchester Lake on Tuesday was identified by officials Wednesday as a Torrington resident.

The victim was 50-year-old Phillip Blouin, according to Will Healey, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The agency’s Environmental Conservation Police responded to Winchester Lake Tuesday morning after fire officials there alerted DEEP that crews recovered a man’s body, later confirmed to be Blouin, from the water near an overturned canoe.

Healey said on Tuesday that Blouin had been reported missing to Winchester police on Monday night. Blouin’s vehicle was found near the lake’s boat launch. Winchester police referred all questions to DEEP.

Winsted Fire Chief James Lagassie said on Tuesday that police were investigating a report of a “lost” person. He said Blouin was expected home at a certain time and didn’t show up. Lagassie said police looked for Blouin Monday night until it got dark.

He said when day broke on Tuesday and the search continued, that’s when the Torrington man’s body was found and fire crews were called in to help with the recovery.

An autopsy is expected to determine the cause and manner of death.