Responding to reports of screams for help, New Milford police and emergency crews spent some two hours searching the Housatonic River and surrounding Sega Meadow park north of Boardman Bridge on Tuesday, but found nothing amiss.

Teams aboard boats from the police and fire departments did a thorough search of the area -- including cottages sitting on an island in the middle of the river -- and found no one in trouble. Police called off the effort at about 3 p.m.

The murky, rain-swollen river posed a challenge to rescuers.

Police had received a call from Kent Road (Route 7) about a woman's screams for help coming from the river bank.

The police made a final canvass of the north Route 7 neighborhood of businesses and homes to see whether they could come up with any clues.

"We tried to do the best we could with the information we had," said Police Lt. James Duda.

As the volunteers and police left for their cars, there was a lot of head-shaking over what at least for now is a mystery.

"The case is closed pending further information," Lt. Duda said.

-- Nanci Hutson