Snowmobile Tracks Lead to Hole in Icy Lake

UPDATED Wednesday, December 10, 2008 --- 12:35 p.m.

HAUGEN, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin have recovered the body of a snowmobile rider who apparently broke through ice while riding alone on a frozen lake.

The Baron County sheriff says divers found the body Wednesday about 11:40 a.m. The victim is a Haugen man about 50 years old but his name hasn't been released.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the man was reported missing about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Searchers found snowmobile tracks leading to a hole in the ice covering Bear Lake near Haugen, but couldn't immediately find the body or snowmobile.

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Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 --- 10:25 a.m.

HAUGEN, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin are looking for a missing snowmobile rider, and they say they've found snowmobile tracks leading to a hole in an ice-covered lake.

The Baron County sheriff says the 50-year-old Haugen man was last seen snowmobiling Tuesday night.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Wednesday crews found snowmobile tracks leading to a hole in the ice on Bear Lake near Haugen. He says the hole froze over Wednesday morning with a thin layer of ice.

Authorities believe the man was alone when he and his snowmobile apparently fell through the ice. Searchers plan to lower a camera system into the lake to aid in the search.

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