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Friday, 12 April 2013 14:07

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a Utah avalanche forecaster who was killed in a snow slide in Salt Lake County.

The Utah Department of Transportation says 34-year-old Craig Patterson, of Park City, died in the avalanche Thursday in Big Cottonwood Canyon. UDOT described him as a veteran backcountry skier who had worked at the agency since 2006.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal says Patterson had contacted a co-worker about 1:30 p.m. Thursday but didn't return home from work in the evening. Hoyal says family members called police about 7:30 p.m.

Officials say Patterson's vehicle was found shortly after, and rescuers later located his body. Hoyal says the recovery wrapped up a little before 1 a.m. Friday.

Hoyal says no others were injured in the recovery effort.

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