On February 4, 2021, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an avalanche at the East Vail Chutes. The East Vail Chutes are in the backcountry outside of Vail Mountain’s boundaries.
Vail Mountain Rescue Group in collaboration with Vail Ski Patrol responded to the scene to assist with the recovery operations. Tragically one skier was trapped in the slide and did not survive the incident. Sheriff Van Beek said, “This is a very unfortunate accident and our thoughts are with the victim's friends and family”.
On February 5, 2021 the victim of the tragic avalanche has been identified by the Eagle County Coroner’s Office as 41 year old John Kuo from Vail, Colorado. The cause and manner of death are still under investigation by the Eagle County Coroner’s Office.
41 years old
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on February 4, 2021 - 356 days, 0 hours, 27 minutes ago
Found on February 4, 2021 - 355 days, 8 hours, 27 minutes ago
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Apr 02, 2021 at 14:29
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 951
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