The search for a skier who vanished in California on Christmas Day has now been called off after authorities behind the effort say “there is no realistic possibility” that he “survived the severe winter conditions.”
The somber announcement from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office regarding the status of Rory Angelotta comes as the Lake Tahoe region where he disappeared is wrapping up its snowiest December on record, researchers say.
“This 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 difficult decision that had be made. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
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Angelotta, a 43-year-old from Truckee, was reported missing on Christmas night by his friends after he told them he was going skiing at the Northstar California Resort and then failed to show up for dinner.
Investigators claim that they found his ski pass had been last scanned at a lift at 11:30 a.m., and his car parked at the resort.
As of Friday, Angelotta’s whereabouts remain unknown.
“Over six days, a combined total over 13,000 hours has been dedicated to this operation. Approximately 220 personnel from 17 different agencies and rescue organizations have braved extreme winter mountain conditions in their search for Rory,” the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said after calling off the search.
It added that “search conditions included high winds, whiteout, overnight temperatures in the teens and over seven feet new snow since beginning of the hunt.” “Resources included snowcats snowmobiles, snowshoers and snowcats as well as a Blackhawk helicopter which deployed advanced aerial radar technology.
Source: Fox News