Avalanche debris found in area of search for missing Marine

The Inyo County Sheriff's Office released this photograph showing a snocat used in the search for missing Marine 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft.
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BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) - California authorities say avalanche debris has been spotted during a search for a missing Marine who failed to return from a backcountry skiing trip through the Sierra Nevada.

First Lt. Matthew Kraft began trekking the rugged Sierra High Route on Feb. 23 and was scheduled to complete it Monday or Tuesday near Bridgeport, northeast of Yosemite National Park.

The Inyo County Sheriff's office says the search on Sunday will primarily be air-based because of the risk of avalanches on the ground.

Crews from multiple agencies are searching a 400-square-mile (1,035-square-kilometer) area. On Friday they found a Jeep that Kraft parked at the start of his trip about 130 miles (209 kilometers) south of Bridgeport.

A series of winter storms have dumped record amounts of snow in the Sierra.

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The Mono County Sheriff's Office released this photograph of Marine 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft.