Abington: Body of missing man recovered from Island Grove Pond

Abington Police located the body of 60-year-old Stephen Hender, the man reported missing by his family a week ago today, after he never returned home from work.

Police Chief David Majenski said that, at this point, there are no signs of foul play. 

He said it appears that Hender’s long medical history of diabetes probably played a role in his death.

Hender, an Abington resident, was found Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 in Island Grove Pond in Abington, after officials from the Quincy Police dive team searched the water with help from a boat and crew from the Weymouth Harbormaster’s office. 

Police divers and State Police cadaver dogs searched the pond twice; once over the weekend, and then again on Wednesday, when they used SONAR and robotic equipment to search the entire pond.

Hender’s vehicle was found, several days after he disappeared, on Lake Street in Abington, which runs parallel with the pond, and leads to the bridge to Island Grove Park.

Chief Majenski said it appears that Hender may have fallen into the water after becoming disoriented.

Roads leading to the bridge at Island Grove Park were closed for several hours, while authorities awaited the Medical Examiner’s office to remove Hender’s body.

The victims family asked, in a statement to police, for privacy.

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