Oregon snowmobiler killed in avalanche

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:44 AM

LA PINE, Ore. -- An Oregon man has been killed in an avalanche on Paulina Peak.

The Bend Bulletin reports that 28-year-old Kyle James Thomas of La Pine was snowmobiling with two others Sunday afternoon when he was trapped in an avalanche. The avalanche was estimated around 600 feet long and 300 feet wide.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Shelton says the two others were able to avoid the avalanche, and snowmobilers in the area searched for Thomas. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the U.S. Forest Service took part in the search around 5:45 p.m.

Family members and searchers found Thomas' body shortly before 6 p.m., the newspaper reports. Thomas was not on a groomed trail, and was at an elevation of about 7,300 feet.

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