Mt. Rose avalanche victim identified as California doctor

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Tweeted this photograph of search crews heading on Dec. 11,...
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Tweeted this photograph of search crews heading on Dec. 11, 2016, to look for a skier believed swept away in an avalanche at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.(KOLO)
Published: Dec. 10, 2016 at 9:04 AM PST
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Search dogs guided crews to the location of a body buried in snow at the Jackpot Chute at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Sunday afternoon, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Harmon said.

64-year-old Dr. Thomas Barker of Aptos, California, an ear, nose and throat specialist, was found in 8 feet to 10 feet of snow December 11, 2016. The coroner's office says the cause of death could take up to three months to determine.

The sheriff’s office Tweeted a photo from a search crew member that shows the crew searching in the Jackpot Chutes (see embedded photograph below). Harmon said dogs narrowed the search area to a location up the mountainside from where the crew was searching at that moment. Searchers found the man using a probe just before 1PM Sunday.

Three crews headed out on Sunday beginning about 9:15AM to search for the missing man after the ski resort again took avalanche safety precautions by triggering avalanches. The search was called off Saturday afternoon due to avalanche concerns.

The Mount Rose Highway was also closed Sunday morning while the Nevada Department of Transportation triggered avalanches to protect drivers.

The ski resort remained open during the search.

The lift that takes skiers to that part of the resort was closed Saturday, so two skiers, both in their 60s, hiked up the hill and went into Jackpot Chute, which was closed to skiers. One skier saw the other get swept away in the avalanche and reported it about 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. The skiers did not carry beacons, shovels or probes.

Meanwhile, west and south Reno and Sun Valley were hard hit by the rains that arrived Friday night and continued into Saturday.

Washoe County reports the Steamboat Ditch breached, causing minor flooding on roads in Mogul and some properties in Caughlin Ranch and Belli Ranch

There was also minor flooding on Mogul roads. The county roads division has crews working in Mogul and Verdi in areas that flooded.

Flood watches are expected later this week.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office said sandbags are available at the Cabela's roundabout at Boomtown, Dorostkar Park on Mayberry Drive next to the Truckee River, Reno High School on Booth Street, at 3101 Longley Lane in Reno and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station 30 at 3905 Old Highway. 395

In Carson City, the public sandbag pile is located at 3505 Butti Way in the public works corporate yard.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Tweeted that to report flooding in the unincorporated area of Washoe County, call 775-785-9276 and in Reno call 775- 334-2121.

There was a mudslide on Kingsbury Grade a half mile up from Foothill Road in Gardnerville, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported. The highway remained open and most of the slide was cleared by snowplows.

Nevada Department of Transportation crews were able to remove a large boulder on Kingsbury Grade.