Winter Storm Watch issued February 25 at 8:55PM MST expiring March 1 at 12:00AM MST in effect for: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, San Juan, San Miguel
A snowboarder missing since Monday was found dead on Berthoud Pass Wednesday morning, the Avalanche Information Center said.Jeffrey Miller, 26, and his dog disappeared Monday while snowboarding in a snowstorm with a friend.Grand County Search and Rescue, along with volunteers, located a body, believed to be Miller, around 10:20 a.m."The body was found in the area where Mr. Miller was last seen. The Grand County Coroner has responded to the scene and will make a positive identification at some point. There is no information at this time as to the cause of death," said Grand County Sheriff Rod JohnsonMiller's friend told rescuers that he and Miller were snowboarding past an area called "the fingers" when a small slide occurred near them. The friend looked back and saw Miller and his dog behind him.The friend said he snowboarded down a short distance further and looked back again and said he could no longer see Miller or his dog. The friend continued down the drainage, caught a ride back to the top and snowboarded the drainage two more times looking for Miller, but was unable to find him.Monday's snowstorm closed Berthoud Pass at 11 a.m. The road was closed for 32 hours due to snow, strong winds and avalanches. Berthoud Pass was closed most of Wednesday morning so CDOT crews could continue cleaning up several snow slides. It reopened around noon.There's no word if Miller's dog has been found.