STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Det. Sgt. Robert Patten
CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101
DATE/TIME: February 16, 2017
LOCATION: Lake Champlain in Orwell, Vermont and Putnam Station, New York
2/16/2017 - FINAL UPDATE: Joint search efforts by the Vermont State Police and New York State Police were successful in locating the second missing male in the waters of Lake Champlain today, in the same area that an individual was recovered yesterday by joint search and rescue teams. Positive identification was made today of both men as 2 missing Vermonters. Brandon Barrett, age 23 of Benson, Vermont was recovered yesterday, 2/15, and Jonathan Ryan age 32 of Shoreham, Vermont was recovered today, 2/16.
Further questions about this incident should be directed to the New York State Police at the Troop G Granville Station, at 518-783-3211.
2/15/2017 - UPDATE: Joint search efforts by the Vermont State Police and New York State Police were successful in locating 1 male individual in the waters of Lake Champlain near the area in which it is suspected 2 Vermonters went through thin ice on snowmobiles. The recovered individual is being transported to the New York State Medical Examiner in Albany NY for positive identification. Joint search efforts will continue tomorrow, February 16th, in an effort to recover the 2nd missing individual. The New York State Police should be contacted for any further information on this development.
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.