STATELINE, Nev. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports a missing snowboarder has been found alive, and may never have been in trouble.
24-year-old Corey Hoffman of Gardnerville was snowboarding at Heavenly Ski Resort Wednesday. His brother reported him missing when they got separated.
However, late Thursday morning, investigators learned Hoffman had called his father to report he was staying at the Horizon hotel and was fine. When deputies talked to Hoffman, he indicated he didn't know anyone thought he was missing.
Deputies say they both brothers have slightly different takes on the story, as they both apparently had been drinking considerably.
Hoffman reports he and his brother became separated at a bar in the Gondola village. The brother believes they became separated on the mountain, but the details are conflicting, due to the consumption of alcohol.
The sheriff's office would like to remind all outdoor winter enthusiasts to have a plan, stick to the plan, stay with companions, communicate with companions, maintain possession of your cell phone, and refrain, or strictly limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The search for Hoffman involved 75 personnel from several jurisdictions and volunteer organizations and two helicopters, and is estimated to have cost $40,000. Deputies say it also needlessly risked the safety of search and rescue personnel who conducted this search in bad weather and hazardous terrain.