Family Sets Up Memorial for Missing Snowboarders

Family Sets Up Memorial for Missing Snowboarders

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(Provo-AP) -- Rescue workers haven't given up hope, and now each time they go to the search area where two missing snowboarders are, they have inspiration.

Family members set up a memorial near the Aspen Grove trailhead with a picture of 20-year old Rod Newberry and his fiance'.

The wooden sign is decked with a Christmas wreath and flowers and has a plaque on it with a message of love for Newberry and thanks for the rescuers.

Each time they pass the sign, each rescuer taps it one by one. Rescuers say they've drawn new determination from the memorial.

Newberry and 18-year old Adam Merz are still missing in the chute where four major avalanches buried them December 26. 19-year old Mike Hebert's body was found two days later. Two of their friends survived.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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