Body of skier who disappeared in California snowstorm on Christmas Eve has been found


Body of skier who disappeared in California snowstorm on Christmas Eve is found in nearby suburb: Authorities believe he was looking for shelter when he died

  • Rory Angelotta’s body was found Saturday, just a few miles outside of Truckee, California on Saturday 
  • Authorities believe he was trying to get to Truckee for safety, but never made it 
  • The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced late last month that they were calling off the emergency rescue search
  • The 43-year-old went missing Christmas Day at Northstar ski resort in Sierra Nevada mountains
  • The massive search mission ended after 220 people from 17 different agencies searched for Angelotta for a combined 13,000 hours over the course of six days
  • Officials used Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter to assist in the search
  • Search condition included ‘high winds, whiteout conditions, overnight temperatures in the teens, and over seven feet of new snow’ 


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The body of a California skiier who vanished on Christmas Eve has been found in a suburban area, with investigators saying they believed he was trying to find shelter. 

Rory Angelotta, 43, was found on Saturday roughly three miles away from the Northstar Ski Resort he was riding at near Truckee, California, when he went missing on December 24. 

Authorities said he may have been trying to reach Truckee, but unfortunately succumbed to the storm. 

‘It is possible Angelotta was attempting to find the neighborhood near Truckee when he succumbed to the elements,’ the sheriff’s office said in a statement. ‘There was no indication of any suspicious or unusual activity.’ 

The cause of his death has not yet been released.  

Rory Angelotta, 43, was found roughly three miles away from the Northstar Ski Resort he was riding at near Truckee, California, when he went missing on Christmas evening

Rory Angelotta, 43, was found roughly three miles away from the Northstar Ski Resort he was riding at near Truckee, California, when he went missing on Christmas evening

Rory Angelotta, 43, was found roughly three miles away from the Northstar Ski Resort he was riding at near Truckee, California, when he went missing on Christmas evening 

Authorities said he may have been trying to reach Truckee, but unfortunately succumbed to the storm

Authorities said he may have been trying to reach Truckee, but unfortunately succumbed to the storm

Authorities said he may have been trying to reach Truckee, but unfortunately succumbed to the storm

Late last month, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced on December 30 that they were calling off the emergency rescue search.

Angelotta’s worried family raised the alarm about his disappearance after he failed to show up for Christmas dinner. 

His devastated sister Kelsey said before the discovery of his remains that she had been ‘lapping the entire resort’ in the hopes of finding her missing sibling.  

The massive search mission ended after 220 people from 17 different agencies searched for Angelotta for a combined 13,000 hours over the course of six days. 

The 43-year-old (pictured) went missing Christmas Day at Northstar ski resort in Sierra Nevada mountains

The 43-year-old (pictured) went missing Christmas Day at Northstar ski resort in Sierra Nevada mountains

The 43-year-old (pictured) went missing Christmas Day at Northstar ski resort in Sierra Nevada mountains

The massive search mission ended after 220 people from 17 different agencies searched for Angelotta for a combined 13,000 hours over the course of six days

The massive search mission ended after 220 people from 17 different agencies searched for Angelotta for a combined 13,000 hours over the course of six days

The massive search mission ended after 220 people from 17 different agencies searched for Angelotta for a combined 13,000 hours over the course of six days

‘It has been determined there is no realistic possibility Rory has survived the severe winter conditions,’ the Sheriff’s Office said, adding they will continue with a scaled back recovery operation to locate his body.   

The sheriff’s office said the search conditions were treacherous and included ‘high winds, whiteout conditions, overnight temperatures in the teens, and over seven feet of new snow since the beginning of the search.’

Officials used Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter to assist in the search that ultimately came up empty.   

The Sheriff’s Office said that ending the search was a tough choice.  

‘This was a difficult decision, especially for the volunteers who have worked so hard to bring Rory home. Unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made. Our hearts go out to the family,’ the Sheriff’s Office said.   

Officials used Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter to assist in the search

Officials used Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter to assist in the search

Officials used Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter to assist in the search

'It has been determined there is no realistic possibility Rory has survived the severe winter conditions,' the Sheriff's Office said after utilizing multiple resources to find Angelotta

'It has been determined there is no realistic possibility Rory has survived the severe winter conditions,' the Sheriff's Office said after utilizing multiple resources to find Angelotta

‘It has been determined there is no realistic possibility Rory has survived the severe winter conditions,’ the Sheriff’s Office said after utilizing multiple resources to find Angelotta 

Angelotta, a ski shop manager from Truckee, California, was reported missing on Christmas Day after missing Christmas dinner party. 

His sister told local media that he had just moved to the region and was unfamiliar with the backside of the mountain he was believed to be skiing before his disappearance, the New York Post reported.   

In a statement, his family expressed their gratitude for the search efforts and asked for privacy. 

‘The Angelotta family would like to express our deep gratitude for all those who have and will continue to aid in the search, rescue, and recovery of our son, brother, cousin, nephew, and uncle. Your prayers have given us strength through this difficult time; please continue to keep the family in your prayers,’ the statement said.  

Now his sister is remembering him as the avid skier he was, writing: ‘All I can hope for is he had the best powder run of his life before he left us. He rarely left me without saying ‘go fast, take chances!

‘And sadly, I always knew this is how he might go. Doing the one thing we both love. And that’s how I’ll always remember him. Skiing with me side-by-side, souls of a kind, with the biggest smile on his face.’    

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