Editor’s note: The DEC initially reported the wrong age of the snowmobiler. The story has been updated with their correct age.
SCHROON LAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A snowmobiler was found dead in Schroon Lake after being reported missing on Saturday. The 71-year-old from Schenectady was suspected of falling through the ice, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The DEC says they received a report on Saturday at 2:15 a.m. to assist in finding the missing person. At the time, it was suspected they had been snowmobiling and fallen through the ice earlier that evening. The DEC says rangers responded in an airboat, and snow and wind slowed the response.
At 8:47 a.m., the unnamed 71-year-old was found dead. The DEC says rangers took the body to shore and turned the deceased over to Schroon Lake Rescue. New York State Police are currently investigating the incident.