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Richard Fiske, a long-time resident of Cheshire who was one of the area's main developers, is missing after an apparent boating accident on the Housatonic River.
According to reports, Fiske, 75, rented a boat from the New Haven Rowing Club early Monday morning and it is believed he launched it near the Oxford/Seymour town line. However, around 2 p.m. Monday, the boat, a rowing skull, was found capsized just offshore, along with some apparel. Fiske was not found.
Local authorities have been searching for Fiske since that time but have been unable to locate any sign of him. Members of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in conjunction with emergency personnel from area towns, were searching the waters around where the boat was located.
Fiske's name was released for the first time Tuesday morning and The Cheshire Herald has confirmed that it is the long-time town resident who made his name developing several different residential and commercial areas in Cheshire,
Fiske, who moved to Cheshire in 1964, renovated the current shopping center that is home to Staple and Pier 1, along with condo subdivisions at Currier Woods and Strathmore 1.
Fiske currently resides in Woodbridge.
The Cheshire Herald will update this story as more information becomes available.