SKIING — The ski patrol director at Washington's Crystal Mountain ski area says the body of an expert skier who vanished three months ago has been found in a tree well, according to the Associated Press.
Paul Baughner tells The News Tribune that an employee cut through some trees Wednesday and found the remains of 40-year-old Paul Melby of Lakewood, Wash. He was reported missing March 1.
He was found about 100 yards from a ski run at the 5,600-foot level.
The area was previously searched, but snow has melted since then.
Skiers can fall into an air pocket formed around the base of a tree in deep snow and then be unable to free themselves, quickly losing consciousness.