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Missing man found dead in Northbridge pond

Failed to return from fishing trip

A Worcester man was found dead in a Northbridge pond Sunday morning after failing to return from a fishing trip the previous evening, authorities said.

The body of Jerzy Szydlik, 58, was discovered by kayakers in Meadow Pond, the Worcester district attorney’s office said in a statement on Sunday.

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The exact cause of death was not immediately known, but investigators do not suspect foul play, the statement said. The medical examiner’s office will determine how he died.

On Saturday, Szydlik told his family that he was going fishing, District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office said. A family member reported him missing to Worcester police when he did not return home Saturday night.

Authorities found a canoe belonging to Szydlik in the pond. His car was found parked on Carr Street near Whitins Pond, which is connected by a brook to Meadow Pond.

State Police detectives are investigating Szydlik’s death. No further information was available Sunday evening.

Massachusetts has had at least three deaths in open bodies of water since June: A California man drowned while swimming off Provincetown on June 22; a man drowned after falling from a boat off Marion on June 29; and on July 7, a Rhode Island teenager died after jumping into a Milford quarry.

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