UPDATE: Missing snowshoer found safe and alive after spending night in waist-deep snow
When rescuers on Monday morning spotted a snowshoer who had been missing for more than 12 hours, they found him in waist-deep snow — cold but in good spirits.
Raymond Murdock called Douglas County Emergency Communications around 5 p.m. Sunday. He became lost while snowshoeing near the top of Kingrbury Grade.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office initiated a search and rescue mission, which continued into the early morning hours near the Tahoe Rim Trail off Andria Drive.
With waist-deep snow and a growing possibility of an avalanche, the search was suspended until 6 a.m.
Conditions failed to improve and Douglas searchers requested aerial assistance from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
The team aboard the helicopter located Murdock in waist deep snow a few miles from the trailhead around 9:55 a.m. Monday.
“Raymond was suffering from mild hypothermia, but overall he was in great spirit and health,” according to Sgt. Ron Elges with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
He was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital for medical observation. He was released in stable condition shortly after, according to a Barton spokesperson.
The sheriff’s office described Murdock as an avid sportsman in winter conditions who was prepared to survive despite being unable to seek proper overnight shelter.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office credited the successful rescue to the Douglas Search and Rescue Team, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Murdock.
UPDATE: Missing snowshoer found safe and alive
Raymond Murdock, a snowshoer who went missing near the top of Kingsbury Grade Sunday, has been found safe and alive, according to Sgt. Ron Elges.
This story will be updated as soon as more details become available.
ORIGINAL POST: Crews actively searching for missing snowshoer in Zephyr Cove area
Crews are searching for a man who said he was lost in the Kingsbury Grade area Sunday evening.
Raymond Murdock told emergency communications at about 5 p.m. Sunday that he had become lost while snowshoeing off Andria Drive near the top of Kingsbury Grade, according to a press release.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was activated and began searching for Murdock.
Crews continue to actively search for him. Outside resources are being requested to assist with the search.
“Please be careful in this area due to a large amount of personnel and vehicles,” the sheriff’s office cautions.
Anyone with information regarding Murdock’s whereabouts should call 911.
No other information is available at this time.
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