Man found on Donner Summit |

Man found on Donner Summit

Dave Moller and Kyle Magin
Senior Staff Writer/ Staff Writer

A bevy of search and rescue personnel found Kevin B. Davis, 28, of Tahoe City, Thursday near Donner Summit after he disappeared from friends Tuesday afternoon, said the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Davis’ condition was unclear immediately following the rescue. He was airlifted in a California Highway Patrol helicopter to the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

The Sheriff’s Office said Davis was found about a third of a mile from the Peter Grub Hut near Castle Peak on Donner Summit late Thursday morning. He was taking shelter in a snow cave, and it is unclear as of now whether he constructed the cave or if it was naturally occurring, the Sheriff’s Office said. Rescuers from the Air National Guard said he flagged them down from the cave.

Davis and three other individuals were snowshoeing and cross country skiing Monday and spent the night at the Peter Grub Hut, according to the Sheriff’s Office. His companions believe Davis had food and water when they lost him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The group members were returning to their vehicles Tuesday when they lost Davis around 2:45 p.m. The Nevada County Search and Rescue team launched a quick search to the scene and found Davis’ tracks, only to have them obscured by falling snow.

Other searchers include members of the Tahoe Nordic National Ski Patrol, the Truckee Police Department, the CHP, the Air National Guard and members of the Sierra, Alpine, El Dorado, Placer, San Mateo, Amador, and Contra Costa sheriff’s offices.

For more information check out Friday’s print edition of The Union.

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