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October 24, 2012
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Teenaged hunter dies in sudden winter storm

A sudden winter storm contributed to the death of a 14-year-old hunter and hampered search efforts Monday and Tuesday

Devon Smith, 40, and his nephew, Taylor Brent Dustin, 14, were reported overdue in a 911 call 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Undersheriff Robert Levy said the hunters were camping in the Hermit Valley area west of Ebbetts Pass.

Searchers hunted through Sunday night before they were slammed by the winter storm, which left up to 18 inches in the high Sierra.

"It was really tough conditions," he said. "At times it was snowing so hard, it was really hampering search efforts."

Levy …

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 24, 2012 03:24PM Published Oct 24, 2012 03:23PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.