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Boy’s body recovered from glacier

ANCHORAGE — The body of a 9-year-old boy who disappeared while snowmobiling with his father has been recovered from a crevasse in an Alaska glacier.

An Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman, Megan Peters, said by e-mail that the body of Shjon Brown, of Fairbanks, was recovered at 12:40 a.m. Monday.

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The boy was on a Saturday snowmobile outing with his father and others in the Hoodoo Mountains south of Delta Junction. As his father took a break on the side of a hill, Shjon drove around a small mound and did not reappear.

His father traced the boy’s tracks and discovered that he had fallen through a moulin, a hole formed when water on the glacier’s surface melts ice to a crevasse below.

Climbers from the North American Outdoor Institute and an emergency room doctor reached the bottom of the crevasse an estimated 200 feet from the surface. A climber spotted the boy’s goggles and helmet and the partially visible snowmobile.

Climbers who descended into the hole late Sunday said they found Shjon’s body buried in 6 to 8 feet on snow underneath his snowmobile.

The glacier is about 5 miles northwest of the site of the Arctic Man Classic, a race involving snowmobiles and skiers or snowboarders.

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