RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — On Monday, Feb. 18, at about 4:30 p.m., Douglas County Emergency Communications received a call from Heavenly Ski Resort, reporting a lost skier.
The skier was identified as Brett Herrick, age 62, from Seaside, California.
On Tuesday, Feb 19 at about 10 a.m., Heavenly Ski Patrol, with the assistance of a K9 search dog, located Herrick.
Herrick was found in the Aries Woods, between the Comet and Dipper runs, about 100 feet from the groomed trail. He was immersed in deep snow.
Initial investigation indicates Herrick crashed into very deep powder and could not self-rescue. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Herrick was last seen by his girlfriend on the Comet Run at around 11:30 a.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (DCSAR) team was called and launched a search and rescue mission.
Sheriff Coverley, Douglas County Sheriffs Office says, "We believe it’s a phenomenon called snow immersion and so we have deep snow conditions as we do right now. It looks like he fell head first into the powder and just wasn’t able to dig himself out and probably suffocated. Its much like drowning."
DCSAR was assisted by a helicopter aerial search from Naval Air Station, Fallon.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
This is a developing story, check back for more information as we receive it.