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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 11:48 am | Updated: 3:50 pm, Mon Apr 15, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - The body of a 9-year-old Fairbanks boy was recovered early this morning from the bottom of a 200-foot glacier crevasse near the Arctic Man Classic and Sno-Go event in the Hoo Doo Mountains.

The boy, identified by Alaska State Troopers as Shjon Brown, fell into the roughly 200-foot-deep hole about 3:30 p.m. Saturday while riding his snowmachine roughly 5 miles northwest of Arctic Man.

Troopers said Monday that recovery workers found the boy's body buried in 6 to 8 feet of snow underneath his snowmachine. It was recovered at 12:40 a.m. today. The body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage for autopsy. All recovery personnel are accounted for and returned from the scene.

According to troopers, the boy had been riding with his father and others in the area when his father took a break to watch from a hillside. When Shjon  rode around a small mound and did not reappear, his father reportedly rode to the location and found the boy had fallen through a hole.

Such holes, commonly called a moulin, are formed when spring water flows onto glaciers and gradually erodes the ice.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email that an experienced climber made it to the bottom Sunday, but was unable to locate the boy with a probe. The boy’s goggles and helmet were located and his snowmachine was partially visible.

Contact staff writer Jeff Richardson at 459-7518.

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