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May 3, 2012
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Searchers look for missing skier

Mono County authorities were looking for a missing skier on Wednesday and Thursday after the man's vehicle was found on Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday at about 4:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a black Honda Civic that had been parked near Poole Plant Road off Highway 120 West since April 19.

Mono County sheriff's deputies responded to the area and found a note left under the windshield wiper of the vehicle stating that a solo backcountry skier was heading up Mount Dana Couloir for the day to ski down Cocaine Chute. With the warmer temperatures, even in the higher elevations, snow conditions have been affected and several avalanches have been seen in this area over the past several weeks.

Boris Avdeev, 31, of Ann Arbor, Mich., an experienced backcountry skier, has not been heard from since setting out on his solo backcountry ski trip on April 19. On Wednesday, Mono County Sheriff's Search and Rescue ground teams were dispatched to the Cocaine Chute area to start performing a lower chute search to see if they could locate Avdeev. The ground teams were unable to locate him.

On Thursday, additional resources were requested including a helicopter from Fallon Air Station, two rescue dog teams, and a mutual aid request for Inyo County Sheriff's and Yosemite Search and Rescue teams to help aid in the search efforts.

Anyone with information that may aid the search teams, is asked to contact Mono County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at (760) 932-7549.

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The Record Courier Updated May 3, 2012 09:10PM Published May 3, 2012 09:09PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.