MONO COUNTY, CA - A note on a black Honda parked in a remote area has prompted a major search for a missing back country skier.
It started on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 4:30 pm when Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch got a call regarding about the car parked on Poole Plant Road off Hwy 120 West since April 19th.
Deputies went there and found a note under the windshield wiper.
It said that a solo back country skier was heading up Mount Dana Couloir for the day to ski down Cocaine Chute. Deputies are speculating that with the warmer temperatures, even in the higher elevations several avalanches have spotted in this area over the past several weeks.
After some investigation, detectives discovered that the back country skier is likely Boris Avdeev, age 31, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He is an experienced backcountry skier, has not been heard from since setting out on his solo backcountry ski trip on April 19th. On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue ground teams went up to the Cocaine Chute area to see if they could find him. They didn't.
So, today, they called in additional resources including a helicopter from Fallon Air Station, two rescue dog teams, and a mutual aid request for Inyo County Sheriff’s and Yosemite Search and Rescue teams to help aid in the search efforts.
The department says this is an ongoing Search and Rescue operation and more details will be given as they become available. Meanwhile, If anyone has any information regarding operation that may aid the search teams, please contact Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at (760) 932-7549.
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