Utah avalanche forecaster killed in avalanche
Authorities say they've recovered the body of a state avalanche forecaster who was killed in a snow slide in Salt Lake County.
The Utah Department of Transportation says 34-year-old Park City resident Craig Patterson died in the avalanche Thursday in Big Cottonwood Canyon. UDOT described him as a veteran backcountry skier who'd worked at the agency since 2006.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal says Patterson had contacted a co-worker about 1:30 p.m., but didn't return home from work in the evening.
Hoyal says family members called police about 7:30 p.m.
Officials say Patterson's vehicle was found shortly after, and rescuers later located his body. Hoyal says the recovery wrapped up a little before 1 a.m. Friday.
Hoyal says no others were injured in the recovery effort.
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