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Hood River Sheriff's Office identifies victims as Ryan Zeitner, 45, of Portland, and Tim Bauters, 47, of Sunnyvale, California

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD MEADOWS - Mt. Hood Meadows is a popular ski and snowboard resort on Mount Hood east of Government CampTwo male snowboarders have been found deceased at Mt. Hood Meadows resort in the past three days.

Both men died in separate incidents while snowboarding in Heather Canyon, a gate-controlled, expert-level section of Meadows, the popular resort on Mount Hood east of Government Camp.

Late Sunday morning, Feb. 16., 45-year-old Portland man Ryan Zeitner died in a fall while snowboarding at Meadows.

Hood River County Sheriff's office was dispatched along with emergency services at 11:17 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, and confirmed the fatal accident on Monday, Feb. 17.

Information on the nature of the fall was limited, but Mt. Hood Meadows' ski patrol representatives said the man's injuries were fatal despite their life-saving efforts. The Medical Examiner's office responded to the scene, and the sheriff's office conducted interviews related to its continuing investigation.

"The (snowboarder), his family, and friends are in our thoughts and prayers," the spokesperson said.

Also on Monday morning, Hood River County Sheriff's Search and Rescue was deployed to find a reportedly missing man from California.

The family of Tim Bauters, 47, of Sunnyvale, contacted officials, reporting that the last communication they'd had with him was Friday, Feb. 14, and he was at Meadows.

He was believed to be snowboarding by himself and was a Meadows regular when on work trips. Meadows security confirmed that Bauters' rental vehicle was still on site, and staff was able to narrow down his last location from a record of Bauters' lift scans.

At around 6:15 p.m. Feb. 17, searchers found Bauters deceased.

Heather Canyon, along with the adjacent Clark Canyon, is classified as Double Black Diamond, denoting expert terrain. The terrain is not patrolled on a regular basis and avalanche danger is common.

No further information is available at this time.

KOIN News 6, a Pamplin Media Group news partner, contributed to this story.


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