Search and Rescue Volunteers Locate Missing Snowboarder in Tree Well

Sierra At Tahoe, CA…A search by 60 Search and Rescue volunteers located missing snowboarder. The subject was found deceased in a tree well (a depression next to a tree, created by the snow) and he was covered in several inches snow. The initial investigation suggests Phillip impacted the tree, however it has not been determined if the impact or the winter weather caused his death.

El Dorado County Sheriff Search and Rescue conducted the search at Sierra at Tahoe Resort. Searchers were looking for a snowboarder who went missing while in the area of Upper Powderhorn Trail in the West Bowl area of the resort. The snowboarder was identified as Phillip Walker, 22 years, resident of San Jose, CA. Phillip was snowboarding with his brother and friends when he went missing.

The family of Phillip Walker has been notified of the tragic event. From all of us at Lakeside News our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family