Rescue crews suspend search for missing Sugar Bowl ski patroller |

Rescue crews suspend search for missing Sugar Bowl ski patroller

Kevin MacMillan
Carson May is seen here in a family provided photo.
Courtesy photo |

NORDEN, Calif. — The Placer County Sheriff’s Office will call off the search for 23-year-old Carson May at the end of Tuesday, Jan. 19, officials have announced.

According to a PCSO statement released at 4 p.m. to media, “should new information become available and environmental conditions allow, additional follow-up searches may occur.”

“Conditions during the five days of searching have been treacherous due to frequent heavy snow and the associated risks that high avalanche danger poses to the many search and rescue volunteers,” according to the statement. “Placer County Sheriff’s personnel, Sugar Bowl representatives and chaplains met with the May family today and it is with regret that we must suspend the efforts to locate Carson.”

May was reported missing at Sugar Bowl Resort on Jan. 15, amid whiteout conditions, “and despite days of intensive searching, has not been located,” according to the statement.

At times, more than 60 people from the PCSO search and rescue teams, as well as those from Nevada, Douglas, and El Dorado counties; Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue; Bay Area Mountain Rescue; Marin Mountain Rescue; U.S. Forest Service; Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol; and National Ski Patrol assisted in the search.

“The Placer County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our appreciation to the many volunteer searchers from the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, volunteer searchers from the multiple allied agencies, and the assistance of the Sugar Bowl staff who all worked tirelessly to locate Carson despite the extremely hazardous conditions,” according to Tuesday’s statement.

May, originally of Davis, Calif., works at Sugar Bowl’s Mountain Sports Learning Center as a ski school instructor.

PCSO officials said he got lost while skiing Jan. 14 at the Donner Summit resort; he was reportedly not working at the time of his disappearance.

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