Updated 10:48 a.m. – On Friday afternoon, May 4, Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) ground teams, with the assistance of other agencies, recovered and carried out Avdeev’s body from the Cocaine Chute area and concluded this search and rescue operation.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the Douglas County, El Dorado County, and Yosemite Search and Rescue teams, along with Fallon and Mather Air Stations for their aid in the search and recovery of Avdeev. Final cause of death is pending autopsy and toxicology results.
On Thursday, May 3, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Boris Avdeev, age 31, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was found, by search and rescue teams, deceased in Cocaine Chute, a popular backcountry skiing location. Avdeev was an experienced backcountry skier that had gone missing on April 19.
As of Friday afternoon, May 4, Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team, along with the aid of Douglas County and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams and a Spartan 895 black hawk helicopter from Mather Air Field, were continuing this operation to recover Avdeev’s body from the chute. The Mono County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public not to respond to this area for any assistance.
This is still an ongoing Search and Rescue operation and more details will be given as they become available. At this time, Avdeev’s cause of death is unknown. –MCSD