Wedding Shutterbug Vanishes, Desperate Search Continues

Eric Langlois Missing Poster

By:  Michelle Sigona/@michellesigona

“Heartbreaking for the family, we don’t like to see families in distress like that,” says Capt. Raul Camejo from Connecticut Department Environmental Protection’s Conservation Police Force (DEEP).  Father’s day has come and gone since anyone has seen 33-year-old wedding photographer, Eric Langlois.  He was last seen on June 11, when his pregnant wife Amber dropped him off at Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut to retrieve his bike.  Amber says Eric took a nasty spill the day before, hitting his head, cracking his helmet and losing his bike.

Candice Copella, a family friend, told me earlier, Amber dropped Eric off around 3:30 p.m., and they agreed she would to circle back around one hour later to see if he found his bike.  Eric’s intentions were always to drive the bike back home, if it were in a solid condition to ride.  When the day turned to dusk, Amber began to panic, that’s when Candice says Amber contacted authorities.  When Amber reached out, police asked her to come down to their headquarters.  They had some information to share.

According to Candice, authorities revealed to Amber they had been working in the area where Eric went missing earlier in the afternoon based on information from a 911 caller.  The caller said she heard a man calling for help from the river.  She tried to get to the victim, but couldn’t, that’s when she called police.

It’s possible that person crying for help was Eric, but that has not been verified.  Earlier this morning, I spoke with Sarah Austin Lehberger who is a colleague and fellow photographer alongside Eric, she says, “No one has located the bike, the bike is not coming up in any of the sonar searches of the water.  We have combed, I mean combed all of the trails, and footpaths and miles along the water way and we have not found any piece of this bike.”

One week later, Capt. Camejo says the intensity of the searching is reduced, but not completely suspended.  Lake Lillinonah, the area where Eric was last known to be, is about 12-14 miles long and spans about 1,500 acres.  Although investigators have scaled back some of their efforts, Eric’s friends and family remain strong.

On June 17, dozens of members from the community gathered to hold a candlelight vigil, according to a post on the Eric Langolis Facebook page, “Tonight’s vigil was like no other. People packed that bridge from all over. Candles lit , hearts open, stories shared, tears shed and A LOT of laughs. I’m sorry I didn’t have the courage to stand in front of everyone and share my stories of Eric. I just keep thinking my story through my head and how I would have shared it and as I do that, I feel myself laughing over them and I can sense him. Regardless, he knows I’m not much for public speaking and that standing back and soaking it all up is more my speed. Eric, They all came out for you tonight ” Dude”! We love you, and we miss you. We’re Bringing you home.”

Sarah also says there are no organized searches planned right now on a volunteer level, but what they are looking for are trained rescue and recovery personnel to assist in any capacity.  Sarah says,

Although the volunteer efforts are wonderful, we need trained rescue and recovery effort.”  Eric and Amber’s friend, Candice Coppla told me this morning, “I cannot see this family sitting here another week or another month or years and not having any closure.  That to me is unbearable.  We need some help in that regards, and we still do feel like it is worth that to search for him on foot.  Miracles happen every day, there’s no sign of him.  You just have  to believe he could be somewhere, hurt and needs our help.”

Eric’s wife, Amber, has not only taken to his website, Raw Photo Design, but also posted this, “Please Help Bring Eric Home. #findericlangolis.”  She would also like for you to join their Facebook page which stays up-to-date chocked full of information. 

Please contact DEEP if you have any information on this case:  860.424.3333

  • Investigation_Discovery

    Missing people stories are always so sad.

    • Michelle Sigona

      Yes… they sure are.

  • Cunkel

    I believe that he was found 9-10 days later and had drowned in the lake. Probably should remove this now for the sake of his family.

    • nina bates

      Great thing to do , since this article is from June. I was just wondering myself why did it just pop up as new ?

  • He was found. He is no longer with us on this Earth. He is in Heaven. RIP.

  • missy6343

    Oh so he was found I’m sorry for his wife’s loss and his unborn child, and of course the rest of his family

    • So sad! I wish they would stop advertising this article. Its so sad to think his family might see it.

  • Love2trailride

    This is almost 2 years old. Put it to rest. The family doesn’t need to keep being reminded

  • MobileTechy

    found? why keep rehashing this?

  • john mc

    So you would remove any book or crime magazine because of the “family”? who asked for your phony morals anyway.

    • Ar El

      Shut your pathetic little mouth for a second, try reallllll hard to rub your two brain cells together, and then learn to read: The issue is that the story is two years old, but it’s still being advertised in the site’s current headlines. It’s in bad taste to actively promote a two-year-old missing person’s story that suggests he’s still alive, and has been completely obsolete for almost the entire two years. How about you go take a deep breath, get off the internet, and stay off until you’ve managed to get a grasp on basic comprehension. Thanks, kid.

      • john mc

        Who cares what you have to say anyway. The real truth is that anyone this angry over a stupid comment is really the “kid”. So feck off Ahab.
        See what I did there? Or do you need it spelled out realll slow.

        • Ar El

          “waaaaahhhhhhhh u must be mad @ me cuz u hurt my widdle feelings”

          Nah, just telling you how it is, in a manner you deserved. Now get off my dick you pathetic little whine-baby.

          • john mc

            whine-baby? learn the meaning of an insult before you use the wod ahab

          • Valerie Nieto

            Seriously dude! ?!?
            No one ever said anything about removing any magazine or crime book , what you’re OBVIOUSLY missing here is that they are simply suggestingthat this article be removed .. the man has been found and maybe it would be smart to at least revise the article, so that it reads that he was found .. You ever stop to think that maybe there are still decent people on this earth that might want to help search for a man that is no longer missing???

            As for You “Ar EL” Your statement that you made saying, and I quote —

            ” It’s in bad taste to actively promote a two-year-old missing person’s story that suggests he’s still alive, and has been completely OBSOLETE for almost the entire two years. ”

            Makes you not only sound stupid, but it makes you sound completely heartless to say the least .. THIS MAN IS SOMEONE’S CHILD , HUSBAND FATHER AND SO SO SO MUCH MORE … HE NEVER HAS BEEN NOR EVER WILL BE OBSOLETE SIR ….

          • john mc

            Thanks for the unsolicited advice. Your obvious attempt to moralize the entire conversation makes your attempt to sound morally superior a FAIL. Better luck next article.

          • Awesome Storm

            I think he meant that the story is obsolete, not the person. And john mc, it’s about RESPECT for the family’s feelings. Like the article says, they need closure.

          • nina bates

            I agree Awesome Storm. He was talking about the story itself

    • nina bates

      you don’t think much, do you?

    • Cunkel

      John_mc – If your question was to me – I just think there are tons of relevant stories of people still missing that they could use instead of ones that have already been solved. To me, it just seems stupid to continue to “bump” this story as it is no longer relevant because it has been solved and closed. If this was a HUGE crime story then I would understand them promoting it once in awhile, but it wasn’t, so let’s move on to the other thousands of stories that haven’t been solved.

  • Jara Matthews

    I wish hed seen the vigil. That must be something to behold.
    However i cant help but think…
    Instead of a candlight vigil… if all those people searched together…
    Drag the river…

  • Audrey Burns

    I’m sending prayers out to all of his friends and especially to his family,I’m so sorry for ur loss,just being all together thru this,makes u stronger.God bless u.praying for Eric.

  • mary bare

    was it a homicide or what?

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  • mary bare

    well, all I want to know is did he fall and hit his head again or was it foul play? seems funny to me

    • trixietimez

      sometimes when you have a head injury, it can case secondary vertigo and other issues. It’s quite possible he fell or collapsed when he tried to ride out. Sad..

      • mary bare

        yes, it is very sad and I agree with the others. if he has been laid to rest, it should be taken off. I would not like to read about my son every day . Btw, I lost a son 27 yrs ago, so u see why I think it is in poor taste to keep running it and I mean no disrespect by how  I  feel….. From: “Disqus” To:
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  • KhaleesiBlaq

    He’s been found. Stop the pop up please.

  • Realityone22

    Why does this article keep popping up? I believe the person was found deceased like two years ago.

  • Tari Clair

    There is something seriously wrong with her story…

  • Vee

    First time I read this. Sorry to see he died. May he rest in peace.

  • cherryrn

    RIP ,