Body of Avalanche Victim Located

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Searchers on Monday found the body of a missing cross-country skier who was buried in a New Year's Day avalanche in the Sierra.

The body of the Pacific Grove man was found around 10:30 a.m. after authorities narrowed their efforts to an area about the size of a football field, KCRA-TV reported.

Some of the man's clothing and gear were found in shallow snow nearby.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said the victim's body was found near the base of the avalanche site in some trees. His name was not immediately released at the request of his family, Royal said.

Sheriff's deputies said the search for the missing skier was complicated by 2-3 feet of new snow since Thursday's avalanche in a remote, rugged area west of Truckee and north of Donner Summit.

Another man who was skiing with him managed to escape and spent two days in blizzard conditions until he could get out, authorities said.

Deputies said the companion spent two nights at a backcountry hut near Castle Peak. He was provided a cell phone by another group of skiers to call for help.


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