NEW MILFORD -- Authorities have identified the missing 33-year-old local man who apparently fell Tuesday into the Housatonic River at Lovers Leap State Park as Eric Langlois, of New Milford.
Search boats spent most of Wednesday looking in the waters of Lake Lillinonah but did not find Langlois.
At least a dozen search and rescue officials had been out in boats Wednesday on Lake Lillinonah -- which is fed by the river -- in hopes of finding him.
The search was discontinued for the day shortly before 9 p.m. and is unlikely to be resumed until Friday.
Earlier Wednesday, Capt. Raul Camejo, of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Conservation Police Force, said state and local police were searching intensely, since heavy rains are forecast for Thursday.
On Wednesday night, Camejo said the search would not resume until Friday at the earliest, and would be considerably smaller in size than Wednesday's all-out effort.
"I don't have the manpower to do another full-court press," Camejo said.
When the effort resumes, it will likely include a search along the shore of the waterway, since currents from the expected rainfall will make it too dangerous to put divers in the water, Camejo said.
Lillinonah, part of the Housatonic River system, is a man-made lake created by the Shepaug Dam. Lake owner FirstLight Power Resources lowered the lake 3 feet on Wednesday to provide room for heavy waters expected to pour down the Housatonic River on Thursday. But Camejo said the lower lake level made navigation difficult on Wednesday for some of the larger search and rescue boats.
The search was concentrated Wednesday in the 4-mile stretch of Lake Lillinonah between Lovers Leap State Park and the state boat launch on Route 133 in Bridgewater. The section -- the northern third of the state's second-largest lake -- has steep, wooded hills running down to the narrow lake.
Along with DEEP crews, state police, K-9 teams, the New Milford Police Department and the Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue team participated in the search.
Throughout the day, friends and fellow photographers, from throughout the state and as far away as New Jersey, gathered along the 4-mile route -- at the red iron footbridge at Lovers Leap State Park, at the Route 133 boat launch, and at a spot along Lillinonah Lake Road -- to bear witness to the search.
At Lovers Leap bridge, people piled bottles of water, crates of apples and oranges, to aid those who searched in the park's woods for Langlois.
One friend, from Farmington, who declined to give his name, said Langlois was held in high regard by his fellow photographers.
"If you have to pick one of the 10 best photographers in the state, he would be one of them," the man said.
One woman -- a member of the Connecticut Professional Photographer's Association -- carried gallon jugs of water to the bridge. She lives in Guilford. Having read about Langlois' plight, she said, she got in her car and drove to New Milford to lend her support.
"I didn't even know him,'' she said. "But we're a pretty tight-knit group.''
Camejo said the man was riding his mountain bike in Lovers Leap State Park Monday, slipped off a trail and fell into the river.
Camejo said the man got back to shore safely, but lost his bike. He had his wife drive him back to the park Tuesday to see whether he could get the bike out of the water.
But the Housatonic was running very fast Tuesday because of the heavy rain. Camejo said the man fell in again and was swept away.
New Milford police received a call from a woman Tuesday afternoon saying she'd heard a man crying for help. That set off the search.
Langlois' uncle, Peter Poulin of Danbury, said his nephew had "hit his head pretty hard'' in the accident Monday.
"We don't know where he is, if he is wandering around or if he fell in the water," Poulin said.
Several posts on Facebook and Twitter expressed concern for Langlois' safety and one called for help in the search.
"Fellow CT photographer Eric Langlois has been missing since last night. A woman heard distress calls and saw someone struggling from the water and called 911, divers found nothing. We are assembling a group to help search at Lovers Leap state park- can anyone come help? Also we will need plenty of water or fruit . The address is 2-192 Lake Lillinonah Rd N New Milford CT 06752," wrote a photographer from North Stonington on Facebook.
Sklyer Magnoli contributed to this report.