Story at a glance
- The Silver Mountain Resort confirmed that the body of the missing skier has been recovered.
- This is the third skier to die from an avalanche at the resort earlier this week.
- Search efforts included helicopter patrol, as well as K9 teams.
Silver Mountain Resort, a popular ski destination where an avalanche occurred late Tuesday morning, confirmed on its Facebook page that the body was recovered Thursday at 1 p.m. So far, three people have been reported dead and five injured.
“There are no more missing people reported and rescue teams are returning to the mountain house,” the statement said, “Our deepest condolences and support go out to all the family members and those involved in this incident, including victims, witnesses, and first responders.”
Search and rescue operations for the third victim lasted about a day, with a reported 140 volunteers combing the avalanche site. The body was located with the use of a helicopter equipped with technology that can find the glare and reflection of items like cell phones.
The third victim was reported missing by a concerned family member via phone after they learned about the avalanche. The skier was later confirmed to be on the slopes at that time. At that point, the search had ceased, with officials believing they had accounted for everyone.
The names of the deceased have not been released to honor the privacy of the affected families.