Vermont search crews find missing snowmobiler deceased
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Vermont search crews find missing snowmobiler deceased

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SWANTON, Vt. — Police and rescue crews located a man's body who went missing Monday night while snowmobiling around Lake Champlain, police said.

Vermont State police said two snowmobilers went through the ice at about 4:15 p.m. Monday on a creek near Lake Champlain in the Swanton-Highgate area. Both men were able to get out of the water and reach a nearby camp.

Police said one of the snowmobilers, Michael Rich, 39, of Swanton, made his way to the home of his girlfriend where he retrieved another snowmobile and set off in the direction of the camp. Rich's girlfriend reported the snowmobilers missing just before 7 p.m. Monday.

The snowmobile Rich rode toward the camp was later found abandoned with its hood up near the original break in the ice.

Police located a man's body late Tuesday morning in the water and were able to identify the body as Rich. An autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause and manner of death in Burlington, police said.

The other snowmobiler was found unhurt.

Temperatures in the area dropped into the low single digits overnight.

The incident remains under investigation by Vermont State Police and anyone with information is asked to call state police in St. Albans at 802-524-5993.

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