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January 21, 2020

St. Albans Barracks / Missing person


STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE
 
CASE#: 20A200298
STATION: St. Albans
CONTACT#: 802-524-5993
 
DATE/TIME: 6:50 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020
TROOPER: Sgt. Michael Aamodt
LOCATION: Highgate/Swanton, VT
INCIDENT: Missing person

NAME: Michael Rich
AGE: 39
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Swanton, VT
 
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: 
The Vermont State Police and multiple other agencies are searching for a man who went missing while snowmobiling late Monday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2020, near the border of Highgate and Swanton. 

State police were contacted at about 6:50 p.m. Monday by the girlfriend of Michael Rich, 39, of Swanton. She reported that Mr. Rich and a friend, Rahel Barrows, 51, had been out snowmobiling when their sleds went through the ice on a creek near Lake Champlain at about 4:15 p.m. in the vicinity of Platt Road in Highgate. Both individuals were able to get out of the water and reach a vacant nearby camp. Mr. Rich eventually made his way to the home of his girlfriend, where he retrieved another snowmobile and set off in the direction of the camp. That snowmobile was later found abandoned with its hood up near the original break in the ice. 

Troopers from the St. Albans Barracks along with fire and rescue personnel began a search of the area and located Mr. Barrows unhurt in the cabin. Search efforts including a DHART helicopter on scene overnight were unsuccessful in locating Mr. Rich. 

Search efforts are continuing Tuesday, Jan. 21, with various units from the Vermont State Police and other agencies. 

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Mr. Rich is asked to call the St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993. 

Updates will be issued as more information becomes available. 

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