Search ends in tragic discovery

avdeevAccording to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at approximately 3:30pm, Boris Avdeev, age 31, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was found, by search and rescue teams, deceased in Cocaine Chute, a popular backcountry skiing location. Mr. Avdeev was an experienced backcountry skier that went missing on April 19, 2012.

On Friday afternoon, May 4, 2012, Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) ground teams, with the assistance of other agencies, recovered and carried out Mr. Avdeev’s body from the Cocaine Chute area and concluded this search and rescue operation.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Department thanked the Douglas County, El Dorado County, and Yosemite Search and Rescue teams, along with Fallon and Mather Air Stations for their aid in the search and recovery of Mr. Avdeev. Circumstances that led to Avdee’vs death have not been revealed.  Final cause of death is pending autopsy and toxicology results.

According to Ann, Avdeev was a University of Michigan doctoral graduate and doctoral candidate in the Earth and Environmental Sceince Department from 2006 until 2011.  The report said that Avdeev was a graduate with a specialty in tectonics.  He was reported as a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and also a specialist in the geology of the Greater Caucus Mountains.  Avdeev was scheduled to start a post-doctorate fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall.



, , , ,

6 Responses to Search ends in tragic discovery

  1. Dingo May 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Wow, bummer. But I guess dying doing something you enjoy doing in a truly spectacular place is better than dying in a car accident or in drive by shooting or some stupid way that doesn’t make sense. I hope I am as fortunate when my time comes. In the words of the character Josie Wales in the movie The Outlaw Josie Wales “we all got it comin kid”.
    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family members.

    • Big Rick O'Brien May 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Sorry,Dingo but “We all got it comin’ ,kid” was from Unforgiven, not The outlaw Josie Wales. Just sayin’. I think that we all would like to leave this world doing something that we love, and hopefully, Mr Avdeev did just that.

  2. Cindy May 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    This is a very sad outcome, but it should be a learning experience for others.
    If you are going into the back country, make sure multiple people know your plans. Leaving a note on the car is not good enough. Notify the county, sheriff dept. forest service, whatever agency applies.
    No matter how experienced you are, accidents happen.


    • Wayne Deja May 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Cindy….A better idea would be to let FAMILY and/or FRIENDS know where your going,and when you plan to be back…and then,if your not back at a prescribed time,let THEM alert the agencies that they are missing or might be in trouble..and hope to God they do something about it in a timely manner.

      • Cindy May 8, 2012 at 10:15 am #

        I was wondering if they have to get any kind of back country permit, like hikers do during the summer?

  3. Wilfred S. May 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Late season avalanche, from the reports I’ve seen. Solo excursions like this are rarely a wise choice, as he may have initially survived the slide.


Leave a Reply