UPDATED – Search for missing college student homes in on Coe Pond

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UPDATE 5 p.m.: Talk that a dive team was going to search Coe Pond in Ansonia Wednesday turned out to be just that, at least so far. As of early evening there was no sign of such a search despite a plethora of news agencies ready to cover the story if it happened.

Coe Pond in Ansonia has been the site of a recent search for missing college student Alyssiah Wiley.

Coe Pond in Ansonia has been the site of a recent search for missing college student Alyssiah Wiley.

Several television and print news agencies reported the planned dive team search as part of the continuing investigation into the disappearance of 20-year-old Eastern Conn. State student Alyssiah Wiley.

Evan Noble, a U.S. Army combat veteran who grew up just a few steps from the access path to the pond, said he had guided a volunteer search team with trained dogs Tuesday.

“They were looking for places where people could get to the water,” he said. “We walked all along the path.”

At one point the dogs “hit” strongly, Noble said.

“They started going crazy, and jumped right in the water,” he said.

On Wednesday, small yellow flags marked the spot that the dogs reacted to.

The pond, which is part of a canal that once fed power to Farrel Corp. and Ansonia Copper and Brass, has limited access. Reporters and area residents at the scene Wednesday said Wiley’s boyfriend had lived nearby several years ago. Wiley reportedly was last seen with her boyfriend. Police have not named him as a suspect.

Fox CT reporter Ayana Harry reports from Coe Pond, where news crews gathered in anticipation of a diver search for Alyssiah Wiley. As of Wednesday evening no such search had occurred.

Fox CT reporter Ayana Harry reports from Coe Pond, where news crews gathered in anticipation of a diver search for Alyssiah Wiley. As of Wednesday evening no such search had occurred.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Television news crews were parked at Coe Pond in Ansonia Wednesday, May 15, amid reports that divers were to search for a missing student from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Search dogs alerted to more than one area along the banks of the pond Tuesday, May 14, witnesses at the scene said Wednesday.

Alyssiah Wiley, 20, was last seen April 20. According to broadcast and published reports, she told friends she was going home to West Haven for the weekend.

Details will be posted as they become available.

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