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Body found in Donner Ski Ranch avalanche (update)

NORDEN, Calif. — Search teams at Donner Ski Ranch in eastern Nevada County recovered a man’s body after a Monday morning avalanche, according county sheriff officials.

A man called the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department shortly after noon Monday, reporting that a friend, a white male in his 50s, had not returned as planned and he feared they may have been caught up in an avalanche that occurred there sometime around 9:30 a.m., said Sgt. Bob Jakobs.

Surrounding ski resorts were called to help search for the missing person as Nevada County deputies and search and rescue crews began to comb Donner Ski Ranch.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. a Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol canine alerted search crews to an area at the base of the debris field. The deceased body of a white male subject matching the description of the missing man was quickly located approximately 2 feet to 3 feet under the snow where the canine had alerted.

It is believed the subject is the individual reported missing earlier in the day, however identification is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, according to Jakobs.

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The Union Updated Jan 4, 2013 10:44AM Published Dec 27, 2012 10:00AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.