The search for a skier who went missing in California on Christmas Day is now closed as officials behind the effort say there is “no real possibility” that he “survived severe winter conditions.”
Researchers say the announcement from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office about Rory Angelota’s condition comes as the Lake Tahoe area where he disappeared is wrapping up its snowiest December on record.
“It was a difficult decision, especially for the volunteers who have worked so hard to bring Rory home,” the sheriff’s office said. “Unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made. Our hearts are with the family.”
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Angelota, 43, of Truckee, was reported missing on Christmas night by her friends after she told them he was skiing at Northstar California Resort and then didn’t show up for dinner.
Investigators say they learned that his ski pass was last scanned at 11:30 a.m. at the lift and found his vehicle parked at the resort.
As of Friday, Angelota’s whereabouts are unknown.
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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said, “Over the six days, a total of more than 13,000 personnel have been committed to the operation. About 220 personnel from 17 different agencies and rescue organizations endured extreme winter mountain conditions in search of Rory.” Is.” Search stopped.
“Search conditions included strong winds, whitewashing conditions, teensy overnight temperatures and more than seven feet of new snow since the start of the search,” he said. “Deployed resources include Nordic skiers, snowshoes, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter and a CHP helicopter deploying advanced airborne radar technology.”