Alaska Boy's Body Pulled From Glacier Crevasse After Snowmobile Fall

PHOTO: Shjon Brown, 9, was killed after falling into a deep crevasse of a glacier while riding a snow machine, April 13, 2013, in Fairbanks, Ala.

Shortly after midnight this morning, Alaska Search and rescue workers pulled the body of a 9-year-old boy who died when he fell into a deep crevasse of a glacier while riding a snow machine on Saturday.

The body of Shjon Brown was found beneath the snow machine in the crevasse, buried beneath 6 to 8 feet of snow, according to Alaska State Troopers.

An autopsy will be performed on the body, police said.

Brown was riding on his snow machine in a group of adults in the Hoo Doo Mountains near Fairbanks Saturday.

He fell into a roughly 200-foot-deep hole around 3:30 p.m.

According to the Fairbanks Nes-Miner, the boy fell into a hole called a moulin. Common in the mountains, moulins are formed when spring water flowing onto the mountains erodes the ice below.

The boys' goggles and helmet were recovered Saturday, but searchers could not locate Brown's body until hours later.
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