STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A search and rescue team has recovered the body of a California man who was skiing at a resort at Lake Tahoe when he was reported missing on Monday.

Douglas County Undersheriff Paul Howell says ski patrol members using a search dog found 62-year-old Brett Herrick of Seaside, California buried in deep snow Tuesday at the Heavenly ski resort.

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Herrick had last been seen by his girlfriend in the Stagecoach Lodge area at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

His body was buried in a wooded area about 100 feet (30 meters) from the groomed trail near the California-Nevada line where as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of snow fell over the weekend.

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Howell says he apparently crashed into very deep power and likely suffocated or died from exposure. An autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of death.

 

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