Missing Swanton Man Found Dead in Lake Champlain

Vehicle went through ice, man found nearby

By Alexandra Leslie | aleslie@nexstar.tv

Published 02/14 2016 03:08PM

Updated 02/14 2016 03:08PM

Credit: Markus Sch. / Pixabay / MGN

A 23 year-old Swanton man is dead after his car fell through the ice Saturday night.

William Fournier was reported missing Saturday night after 11:30 when he did not return back from ice fishing with his friends in the area of Campbell's Bay in Swanton.

Police report several of his friends drove to Campbell's Bay Road, but Fournier drove west towards Alburgh just after 7:00 pm.

Fournier was reported missing when his family was unable to establish his whereabouts.

Swanton Police Department, Swanton Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue, Vermont State Police, Grand Isle Sheriff’s Department and The US Border Patrol responded to the areas attempting to search for Fournier.

Swanton Police attempted to locate Fournier’s location through his cell phone but were unsuccessful, and cell phone towers were unable to locate a signal from Fournier’s phone.

Border Patrol officers on scene called in their helicopter.

A short time after the helicopter arrived the Fournier vehicle was located approximately a mile west of Campbell’s Bay.

The helicopter was equipped with heat detection technology (FLIR) this technology was unable to locate a heat source near the truck or in the extended area around the truck.

Electronic flares were positioned around the vehicle which was mostly submerged at that time. Due to safety concerns the search was suspended until daylight.

Police say when the search resumed, Vermont State Troopers and Vermont Fish and Game officers located Mr. Fournier deceased on the ice approximately 100 to 150 yards from his vehicle.


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