After disappearing during the heavy Tahoe snowstorm on Christmas Day, the body of Rory Angelotta was finally found 3 miles from Northstar Mountain Resort.
Although the search was suspended on December 30, good weather allowed officials to comb a larger area on Saturday, including using a rescue canine. The body was recovered about a half mile from a residential neighborhood, leading officials to believe he got lost during the whiteout conditions.
“Angelotta had traveled a considerable distance from the ski resort boundaries and the backside of the resort,” the sheriff’s office said. “It is possible Angelotta was attempting to find the neighborhood near Truckee when he succumbed to the elements.”
The discovery ends a massive search mission including 220 personnel from 17 different agencies using Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter deploying advanced aerial borne radar technology.
Angelotta, 43, of Truckee left to ski at Northstar during the heavy storm on Christmas Day, with the plan of meeting friends for dinner later that evening. When Angelotta did not show up for dinner, his friends called to report him overdue.
The Placer County Sheriffâ€™s Office responded and immediately dispatched additional emergency resources, including Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Nevada County Search and Rescue, and Northstar Ski Patrol. The investigation revealed that around 11:30 a.m., Angelottaâ€™s ski pass was scanned at the Comstock lift. There was no other activity registered to his pass since that time. An emergency ping on Angelottaâ€™s phone last showed a short call made from the Northstar area at 11:25 a.m. before his phone was turned off. Angelottaâ€™s vehicle was also found parked in the Northstar parking lot.
The discovery of Angelotta’s family has provided closure to his family.
â€œThe Angelotta family is deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support during this extremely difficult time,” the family statement said. “And personally wants to thank everyone that accompanied in the search and assisted them during these last two weeks.â€
RIP Rory. Donations can be made to the Aneglotta familyÂ here.