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Second snowboarder found dead at Mount Hood Meadows in two days

A 47-year-old California man was found dead Monday. On Sunday, a Portland man died after a snowboarding fall.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 10:52 AM

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (KGW) — A 47-year-old California man who had been reported missing when he didn't return home after a work trip to Oregon was found dead in Heather Canyon at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort on Monday.

This is the second death in Heather Canyon in the past two days. On Sunday, a Portland man died after a snowboarding fall.

Family members of Tim Bauters contacted the Hood River County Sheriff's Office on Monday after he failed to return home to Sunnydale, California after a work trip to Oregon. Family members told authorities they'd last communicated with him at Mount Hood Meadows on Friday. They said he went to the resort multiple times during his work trip, and said he was snowboarding alone.

Members of the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Patrol found Bauters' vehicle, which was still on site. Resort security was able to narrow Bauters' last time and location from his lift scans.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office launched a search and rescue aircraft to find Bauters, and his body was found in Heather Canyon at about 6:15 p.m.

On Sunday morning, a Portland man died in a fall while snowboarding in Heather Canyon, officials at Mt. Hood Meadows reported.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 45-year-old Ryan Zeitner.

Medics were dispatched to Mt. Hood Meadows after a reported snowboarding fall just after 11 a.m. Sunday, but Zeitner was pronounced dead by medics shortly after their arrival.

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