Search crew believes it found missing skier, authorities say

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Emergency workers on Sunday found what they believe to be the body of a missing skier northeast of Lake Tahoe, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man’s body was found in about 10 feet of snow on Sunday afternoon near Mount Rose Ski Tahoe resort, sheriff’s office spokesman Bob Harmon told the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/2hjzH8Q).

The search crews were able to find the body because of the jacket he was wearing, Harmon said. The Recco reflective gear the man wore contains detectors that rescue teams can use to pinpoint a body, the Bee reported.

The skier’s identity will be revealed by the county Medical Examiner’s Office, Harmon said.

Mount Rose Ski Tahoe spokesman Mike Pierce said a skier saw another get caught in an avalanche Saturday morning in a closed area of the resort.

The man reportedly was swept in an avalanche on Jackpot Chute, which was a closed ski area of the mountain, authorities said.

Another man reportedly was with the skier when the avalanche occurred and called authorities for help.

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