Snowboarder’s body found on Taylor Mountain

JACKSON, Wyo. — Twenty-eight-year-old Trace Carrillo was killed in an avalanche on Taylor Mountain Wednesday afternoon.

The search for a missing snowboarder ended at around 11 this morning after Teton County Search & Rescue found the man’s body under several feet of snow.

It was a rescue dog who ultimately found the snowboarder’s remains about halfway up Taylor Mountain, where he went missing in an avalanche yesterday afternoon, said TCSAR Supervisor Cody Lockhart.

The avalanche was triggered on the south face of Taylor at around 2:45 p.m. yesterday. The victim’s partner lost sight of him and was unable to locate him with an avalanche transceiver. The partner then skied out to Coal Creek to make the call to Search and Rescue.

Rescue efforts were called off late last night and resumed early this morning.

Approximately 40 volunteers were involved in this morning’s search. Crews were able to bomb the slope from a helicopter to release more snow and create safer conditions for rescuers. Then crews approached the scene from the ground and used beacons, Recco, and probes to help locate the man’s body. The victim was airlifted off the mountain to the Coal Creek parking lot.

“This is a tragedy,” Lockhart said. “My  heart goes out to his friends and family.”

Buckrail will update with more information as it becomes available.

This story has been updated with additional information from Teton County Search and Rescue

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Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter pursuing a master's in journalism at Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.

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