Divers find body of Massena snowmobiler under Grasse River ice
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 2:53 pm

MASSENA --- Divers have recovered the body of a Massena man who went through the ice with his snowmobile on the Grasse River Monday night.

John S. Favreau, 43, drove his snowmobile onto the frozen Grasse River from the AmVets Boat Launch with the intention of ice fishing, according to state police.

About 50 yards from shore, the snowmobile broke through the ice, entering the river with Favreau still on it. The water was about 15 feet deep, and the ice thickness varied from two to four inches there, police said.

Troopers said Favreau’s body was recovered at about 11 a.m. today from a section of the river in the vicinity of Fregoe Road in the town of Massena

St. Lawrence County Coronor June Wood arrived and authorized removal to Massena Memorial Hospital for an autopsy, which is to be performed later today.

Numerous local and county fire and rescue agencies, along with the St. Lawrence County Dive team and New York State Police Dive Team, assisted with the investigation.