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Last Snowboarder Body Recovered in Provo Canyon

Last Snowboarder Body Recovered in Provo Canyon

Posted - Apr. 12, 2004 at 7:47 a.m.



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(KSL News) Almost four months after a deadly avalanche, the last victim of a deadly avalanche is found in Provo Canyon.

The body of 20-year-old Rod Newberry was pulled from the snow yesterday afternoon.

He was one of six snowboarders trapped in the area of Aspen Grove on December 26th, when that avalanche buried him and two friends.

Yesterday, hikers in the area noticed a ski glove in the snow and called authorities. Search and rescue crews then uncovered Newberry's body.

The body of Adam Merz was recovered late last week. The third victim, Mike Herbert, was found two days after the slide. All three bodies were found within 100 feet of each other.

Sgt. Tom Hodgson/ Utah County Sheriff's Office: "We couldn't give up. We had some unfinished business here. If you go through the process we went through you become very attached to these families. They've got loved ones on the mountain that we've still got to find. So there's never a thought of giving up."

Vae/ Rod Newberry's Mother: "We're feeling really thankful. It's been a wonderful Easter. Rod was born on Christmas and we found him on Easter, which was really momentous to us."

A memorial to all three men set up at the bottom of the trailhead will be taken down now that all three have been found.

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