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Authorities find body of snowboarder missing since avalanche

OGDEN, Utah ” The body of a 34-year-old snowboarder missing since a weekend avalanche was found Monday, authorities said.

The body of Ryan Smedley, of Clearfield, was found around 12:30 p.m. against a tree beneath about 5 to 6 feet of snow, according to Capt. Klint Anderson of the Weber County sheriff’s office.

The body was about 100 feet from where Smedley’s friend, John Pincombe, 32, of Pleasant View, saw the avalanche take him. There was evidence of trauma and an autopsy will be conducted by the Utah medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death, Anderson said.

Smedley was caught in the avalanche as he and Pincombe were snowboarding in Taylor’s Canyon Saturday.

They had reached the site by going through Snowbasin Ski Resort and going off the back side of the mountain. The area is not part of the resort and is not maintained against avalanches, Anderson said.

Pincombe searched for Smedley for about an hour before hiking to a home to call authorities, said Matt Proudfit, owner of the home.

The men were described as experienced snowboarders, but did not have shovels or avalanche beacons, said sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Malan.


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