Missing Snowmobiler

Search Crews Find Body of Missing Snowmobiler

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Vermont State Police say crews have found the body of a missing snowmobiler near where a snowmobile was found abandoned along the border between the towns of Swanton and Highgate.

Police say the body of 39-year-old Michael Rich, of Swanton, was recovered Tuesday afternoon.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

He and another snowmobiler had gone through the ice at about 4:15 p.m. Monday on a creek near Lake Champlain. Both men were able to get out and reach a nearby camp.

Rich made his way to his girlfriend's home where he retrieved another snowmobile and headed in the direction of the camp.

Rich's girlfriend reported the snowmobilers missing just before 7 p.m. Monday.

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