SAN JUAN COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) says three people are missing following a large avalanche between Silverton and Ophir.
The avalanche happened on Monday near an area locally known as “The Nose”, according to the CAIC.
One person was recovered with minor injuries. Three others were caught, carried and fully buried in the debris, according to the CAIC.
Adam Palmer, a town council member in Eagle, is among the missing. The identities of the two others who are missing have not been confirmed by FOX31 yet.
Search and rescue operations lasted into the night Monday and will continue this morning.
The CAIC said the avalanche released on a northeast-facing slope near 11,500 feet near treeline.
The backcountry avalanche danger is Considerable (Level 3) in most of Colorado’s Central and Southern Mountains.
Former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi says Palmer is an avid athlete and outdoorsman, and beloved in the Eagle community.
“I’ve spoken with so many people from our community today who are just grieving, and sad, and devastated,” says Menconi. “This is really going to affect an entire community — Eagle County, and Eagle, Colorado — in so many different ways.”
Staff members at Bonfire Brewing tell FOX31 the owner of the brewery is believed to be among those missing.
A spokesperson for Bonfire Brewing declined to comment on the search Tuesday night.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center released its initial accident report Tuesday night, saying “recovery efforts will continue when rescuers feel it is safe to access the site.”