Body of Second Missing Person Found in Big Lake

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The body of 66-year-old Vanton Pettigen was found in water and ice Saturday.

    Alaska State Troopers have recovered the body of a second missing snowmachiner in their search for a missing couple in Big Lake.

    According to KTUU-TV in Anchorage, the body of 66-year-old Vanton Pettigen was found in water and ice Saturday morning shortly before noon after the body of his wife, 64-year-old LaVerne Pettigen, was recovered Friday morning.

    AST said Vanton Pettigen's body was finally recovered around 1 o'clock in the afternoon, just 25 yards from where LaVerne Pettigen was found barely 24 hours prior.

    The Pettigens have been missing since the weekend. Their daughter said they planned an afternoon ride on Friday, and one of the two made contact with someone by cell phone on Sunday.

    Dozens of volunteers scoured the Big Lake area trails Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, Troopers returned to a more targeted area based on information they found.

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