Search and rescue teams have recovered the body of missing snowmachiner Van Pettigen from Big Lake.

The body of Pettigen's wife LaVerne was found and identified by family members on Friday.

According to a trooper dispatch, his remains were found just before noon Saturday about 25 yards from where rescuers discovered LaVerne. The man's body was recovered from the water around 1 p.m. and was positively identified by family as Van Pettigen.

Family members identified the missing riders as LaVerne and Van Pettigen in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon, adding that they were last heard from just before 11 a.m. Sunday. They were reportedly riding "a 2000 Black Polaris 500 and a 2014 Yamaha Dark Blue Vector."

The release from troopers stated the Alaska Dive Search Rescue and Recovery Team utilized sonar and underwater ROV to locate the body, which has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage.

Law enforcement agencies are telling people to stay clear of the area of Burston Island on Big Lake due to unsafe ice conditions.

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