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Skier Found Dead; Son Survives

A cross-country skier who disappeared in last weekend’s powerful Sierra Nevada storm was found dead Monday, but his 18-year-old son survived.

A helicopter search team spotted Harley Augustino, who spent three nights in the mountains. The body of his father, James Augustino, 48, was found in the Castle Peak area about five miles north of Donner Summit.

The teen-ager was flown to Tahoe-Forest Hospital in Truckee, where he was listed in good condition with mild hypothermia.

“It’s amazing anyone could survive three nights in conditions like that,” said Nevada County sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Evans.

The father and son from San Francisco disappeared Friday in a powerful storm that dumped more than 8 feet of snow in the Sierra over the weekend.

Evans said they hadn’t talked to the son yet “but we can make an educated guess that they became disoriented in the storm and got lost.”

Sheriff’s dispatcher Jan McHugh said locals refer to the area north of Donner Summit as the Bermuda Triangle because people frequently become lost there. At least two other cross-country skiers have died there in recent years.

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