Missing Snowboarder Found Dead

By on December 29, 2016

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Jackson Hole, WY — The body of missing snowboarder Lee Kidd, 34, was discovered at 11:50 a.m. today in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness near Grand Targhee Resort, according to a press release issued by the Teton County Sheriff.

A large search team had been scouring the area for Kidd since December 23, when the Grand Targhee employee failed to show up for work. His ski pass had been scanned at Targhee’s Dreamcatcher lift at 10:45 a.m. that day.

Information that Kidd’s friend provided to Teton County Sheriff officials led them to the area today where Kidd’s snowboard bindings could be seen in the snow. The team brought in a K-9 that assisted in the discover of Kidd’s body.

“One K-9 began showing interest in a specific area of the search. Teams started to dig in this area, and Kidd was located a short time later buried about two-feet deep in the snow,” the press release stated. “It is presumed he had been buried since last Friday, the day he was reported missing.”

The area where Kidd fell is a mountain bowl just to the northeast of Steve Baugh Bowl. It is not skiable due to a precarious exit: a 500-foot mandatory cliff. Rescuers believe Kidd fell from the cornice above the bowl, then fell the length of the bowl and then over the cliff. He came to rest in the area known as “Beard’s Wheat Field,” suffering severe trauma, according to the sheriff’s office. Although Kidd’s official cause of death is yet to be determined, officials believe he did not survive the fall.

The search team to find Kidd was comprised of ski patrol from Grand Targhee Resort, members of Teton County Search and Rescue, Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Teton National Park. Searchers braved stormy conditions through the Christmas holiday to find Kidd, who was originally from Bozeman, Montana.

This was Kidd’s first season living in Driggs, Idaho.

 

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Planet Jackson Hole. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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