Ground Search For Snowboarder Called Off For Weather

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13/AP) — Adverse weather conditions have forced rescue crews to pull out of the search for a Placer County snowboarder who went missing near Alpine Meadows yesterday.

Placer County sheriff’s officials searched through stormy conditions through much of the day Wednesday for 25-year-old Shawnte Marie Willis.

The woman’s boyfriend reported her missing Tuesday afternoon after she became separated from her friends at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. She was last seen snowboarding through ski boundary signs near the top of an advanced slope accessible by chair lifts.

Willis’ family in Humboldt County told the Sacramento Bee that she’s a strong athlete who works as a ski instructor. But her cousin, Don Hubbs, says he’s worried that Willis’ epilepsy could be triggered by the extreme stress of being lost in the snow.

Heavy snow and high wind made the search difficult and kept a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter from helping in the search throughout the day. The helicopter will search the area with an infrared camera Wednesday night.

Authorities say they are hopeful they will find the missing woman alive. The ground search is expected to begin at 7:00 a.m. Thursday.

  • jfromroseville

    Bless this poor child, I hope she is found.

  • GLyna

    Epilepsy, skiing out of bounds, deep snow, and no buddy system is not recommended!

  • samual

    she had a ‘buddy’ — her stupid boyfriend who left her behind.

  • Cheryle Kay Sorensen

    I am putting out positive thoughts and blessings that she will be found safe.! :-)

  • Dizzyd

    Y dont thay us gps if she has her phone

  • Carey

    You know about 1% of the details surrounding his event. To jump to the conclusion
    that the boyfriend is stupid it totally unfair, and (stupip).

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