Body of missing Vermont snowmobiler found

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SWANTON, Vt — Vermont State Police said they have found the body of a 39-year-old Swanton man who went missing while snowmobiling Monday.

State police said they found the body of Michael Rich in the water near where Rich and a second snowmobiler went through the ice on a creek near Lake Champlain in Highgate while snowmobiling.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of Rich’s death.

Police said Rich and the other snowmobiler, Rahel Barrows, 51, were able to get out of the water and reach a vacant camp nearby. Rich then went to his girlfriend’s house, where he retrieved another snowmobile and set off in the direction of the camp. Police said that snowmobile was later found abandoned with its hood up near the original break in the ice. 

Troopers, along with fire and rescue crews, began a search of the area and found Barrows in the cabin. Police said the investigation continues.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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