Skier lost over Christmas found dead near California resort

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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) – The body of a skier who went missing at a Lake Tahoe area ski resort over Christmas was found on Saturday, miles from where officials and volunteers had him research.

Search and rescue volunteers discovered the body of Rory Angelotta, 43, near a residential neighborhood and about 3 miles from the ski resort boundary, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday in a communicated.

Authorities say Angelotta told friends he was going skiing before meeting them for dinner.

For six days, more than 200 people searched for Angelotta using skis, snowmobiles and a helicopter before suspending the effort. During this time, an abnormal storm caused whiteout conditions, sub-freezing temperatures and dumped over 7 feet of snow.

The sheriff’s office said Angelotta had traveled a “considerable distance” from the complex, the area where her body was found near a residential area in the town of Truckee was not included in the original search area.


“It is possible that Angelotta attempted to find the neighborhood near Truckee when he succumbed to the elements,” authorities said, adding that there was no indication of suspicious or unusual activity.

Angelotta’s family released a statement through the sheriff’s office thanking researchers.

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

The sheriff’s office offered condolences to the family and said they hoped “this will enable them to bring this tragic event to an end.”


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