Silver Mountain: Body found Thursday is missing skier, rescue crews returning to base

Rescuers search Silver Mountain by helicopter.
Rescuers search Silver Mountain by helicopter. Copyright KXLY 4 News Now.

KELLOGG, Idaho — Authorities said they have found a third body buried in snow from Tuesday’s avalanche on Silver Mountain.

A post from Silver Mountain indicated it is the body of a skier reported missing shortly after the avalanche. According to officials at Silver Mountain, there are no more missing people reported and rescue teams are returning to the base.

It is with a heavy heart that Silver Mountain confirms the last known skier in the avalanche has been recovered from the…

Posted by Silver Mountain on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rescuers search Silver Mountain by helicopter.

Rescuers search Silver Mountain by helicopter. Copyright KXLY 4 News Now.

The body was found Thursday using a recco device, which looks for reflective surfaces coming from recco-equipped clothing.

In this case, the skier was wearing that type of clothing, which led to the recovery.

The bodies of two other skiers were found on Tuesday. They were identified as 58-year-old Carl William Dick Humphreys of Liberty Lake and 46-year-old Scott Michael Parsons of Spokane Valley. The third victim has not been identified.

The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said 120 search and rescue responders were conducting searches on the mountain Thursday. Crews were searching the mountain after a concerned family member called the ski area reporting the skier could not be reached.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the body had been recovered. The body has been located and a recovery effort is underway. 

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