UCLA grad student killed in avalanche in California wilderness

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Missing UCLA Student’s Body Found Buried Under Avalanche in John Muir Wilderness.

The body of a UCLA graduate student who went missing earlier this month was found Saturday, buried in snow after an avalanche came crashing down in the John Muir Wilderness. Search-and-rescue crews used sonar technology to find Michael David Meyers, 25, under the 60- to 70-foot-long avalanche area, said Inyo County Sheriff William Lutze.

The area was hit with winter weather conditions — including heavy snow and winds with speeds of up to 100 mph in canyon areas — at the time, the Times reported. About 40 searchers from throughout California started looking for Meyers on Nov. 18 after a local resident spotted a vehicle parked under trees and heavy snow on a service road.

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