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Missing Tahoe Snowboarder Found Dead

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A Placer County search and rescue vehicle.

A Placer County search and rescue vehicle.

TRUCKEE (AP) – Placer County authorities say they’ve found the body of a woman who went missing while snowboarding at a Lake Tahoe-area resort.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Ausnow said Thursday morning that searchers found the body, but didn’t immediately give any other information.

Reporter Mike Simpson:

Twenty-five-year-old Shawnte Marie Willis became separated from her friends Tuesday afternoon at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.

Searchers employed a military helicopter with infrared technology to look for her, as well as crews on the ground.

Willis’ family in Humboldt County had described her as a strong athlete who works as a ski instructor. But they worried about Willis’ epilepsy and said it could be triggered by the extreme stress of being lost in the snow.

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