A search for snowboarder Jeff Miller, 26, spanning nearly three days, ended Wednesday when searchers located his body at 10:20 a.m. in the area where Miller was last seen below the “fingers” of Berthoud Pass, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Cause of death has not yet been confirmed pending a coroner’s investigation.
Miller was snowboarding during a powerful winter storm Monday on the pass with friend Nick James, 29, and Miller’s German shepherd Beau. James last saw the dog and Miller behind him above a small slide James had triggered, according to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson. There’s no official word about the dog at this time.
Search teams initially utilized a search and rescue dog as well as a Recco device, which assists rescue teams in locating possible burials. On Wednesday, search and rescue personnel from the Front Range and dozens of volunteers joined the effort.
A large network of friends organized, making sure everyone among them had beacons, probes, snowshoes and boots. Meanwhile, Winter Park restaurants such as Smokin’ Moe’s and Rise and Shine catered food for them.