Authorities ID skier killed in avalanche at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Photo courtesy: Washoe County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the skier killed in Saturday's avalanche at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe as Thomas Barker of Aptos, Calif.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says the body of the man believed to be the missing skier was located in the search area at Mt. Rose just before 1 pm on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016.

Search crews were able to narrow down their search area based upon K9 dogs indications.

The 64-year-old skier was reported missing early on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Bob Harmon, a spokesman with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, says that about 35 to 40 people were a part of the search when the body was located.

Harmon estimates the body was under 8 to 10 feet of snow.

The person reported missing was a 64-year-old male from out of the area.

Harmon says the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office will be taking over the investigation.

The identity of the skier will not be released until an autopsy and next of kin is notified.

This is a developing story. Check back with us for details.

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