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Missing skier Rory Angelotta found dead near Lake Tahoe resort

Search teams found the body of a missing skier north of Lake Tahoe on Christmas Day.

Volunteers from the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Service found the body of Rory Angelotta, 43, at 10:42 a.m. on Saturday in an area north of the Northstar California Resort, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. .

“The Angelotta family are deeply touched by the massive outpouring of prayers and support during this extremely difficult time and would like to personally thank all of those who have accompanied them in the search and helped them over the past two weeks,” said the family said in a statement.

Angelotta was last seen on December 25 at the head of a ski lift at the resort, officials said. Heavy snow, high winds, freezing temperatures, whiteout conditions and other dangers complicated rescue efforts, which were suspended on December 30 after authorities found no sign of the missing skier and concluded that he could not have survived the elements.

The area where Angelotta was found on Saturday was about half a mile from a residential area near Schaffer Mill Creek, “a considerable distance from the ski resort boundaries and the back of the resort,” the office said. of the sheriff.

Researchers believe he got lost in whiteout conditions on December 25, authorities said. He might have been trying to find the neighborhood near Truckee when he succumbed to the harsh conditions.

“There was no indication of suspicious or unusual activity,” the sheriff’s office said. “Due to the considerable distance Angelotta had traveled from the complex, he was not included in the original emergency search efforts. We offer our condolences to the family and hope this will bring an end to this tragic event. “

Los Angeles Times

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