On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at approximately 4:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a black Honda Civic that had been parked near Poole Plant Road off Hwy 120 West since April 19th.
Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area and found a note left under the windshield wiper of the vehicle stating that a solo backcountry skier was heading up Mount Dana Couloir for the day to ski down Cocaine Chute. With the warmer temperatures, even in the higher elevations, snow conditions have been affected and several avalanches have been seen in this area over the past several weeks.
Boris Avdeev, age 31, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, an experienced backcountry skier, has not been heard from since setting out on his solo backcountry ski trip on April 19th. On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) ground teams were dispatched to the Cocaine Chute area to start performing a lower chute search to see if they could locate Mr. Avdeev. The ground teams were unable to locate him. On Thursday, May 3, 2012, additional resources were requested including a helicopter from Fallon Air Station, two rescue dog teams, and a mutual aid request for Inyo County Sheriff’s and Yosemite Search and Rescue teams to help aid in the search efforts.
This is currently an ongoing Search and Rescue operation and more details will be given as they become available. If anyone has any information regarding this current operation that may aid the search teams, please contact Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at (760) 932-7549.
Prepared and written by: Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer