December 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Snowboarder Causes, Dies In Avalanche

Associated Press
 

A snowboarder missing for two days was found dead Saturday, the victim of an avalanche he is believed to have triggered himself.

The body of Greg Dres, 36, of Deer Valley, was recovered above Alta Ski Resort, east of Salt Lake City. Search and rescue crews had begun their search on Thursday.

Authorities said Dres was alone when he somehow started an avalanche as he snowboarded down Flagstaff Mountain. The snowslide carried him more than 1,000 feet and buried him, said Bruce Tremper of the state’s Avalanche Forecast Center.

Rescuers found Dres under 5 feet of snow.

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