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February 12, 2017

Vermont State Police Press Release/Search for Missing Snowmobilers (Orwell, VT/Putnam Station, NY)/ 17B400850

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CASE#: 17B400850

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Det. Sgt. Robert Patten     

STATION: Rutland 

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

DATE/TIME: February 12, 2017, at 1650

LOCATION: Lake Champlain in the towns of Orwell, Vermont and Putnam Station, New York

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: Vermont State Police and New York State Police have been searching for two missing snowmobilers on Lake Champlain in the area of Chipman Point in Orwell, Vermont, and Putnam Station, New York. The missing snowmobilers, identified as Jonathan Ryan, age 32 of Shoreham, Vermont, and Brandon Barrett, age 23 of Benson, Vermont, were reported missing on Thursday night. Friends of the pair found their truck and trailer parked at Benson Landing where it was evident the pair rode onto the lake with separate snowmobiles and travelled north during the late afternoon/early evening hours on Thursday. Information gathered indicated the pair were en route to a restaurant in Ticonderoga, New York. Friends followed the tracks to the area of Chipman Point in the Orwell, Vermont, and Putnam Station, New York, area where it was discontinued due to unsafe ice conditions. Joint state police searching of the area has led authorities to believe the pair went through the ice on the New York side of the lake as snowmobiles and articles of clothing belonging to the pair were located. The joint search operation has involved the use of sonar equipment and scuba divers. To date, law enforcement haven't located the missing men. Both men are experienced snowmobilers with knowledge of the lake. Search efforts will likely be suspended until Tuesday morning due to the winter storm conditions. End of report.