Michigan Man Killed in Alaska Avalanche

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities say a Michigan man snowshoeing in Alaska was killed last night in an avalanche near Anchorage.

Alaska State Troopers have identified the victim as 32-year-old Brian Mulvehill of Clarksville, Michigan. Troopers say he's lived in Anchorage for the last five months.

The body was found by searchers using probes and dogs after his companion reported that a friend had been swept away in a slide and was missing.

Officials say it appears the two were headed back to a parking lot and were about 100 feet apart when the avalanche occurred. The slide appeared to be about 200 feet wide.

Officials say the snowshoers carried no rescue gear with them, including no avalanche beacons, shovels or probes.

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