Authorities ID Truckee resident who died in fall near Big Chief
A 36-year-old Truckee man was identified as the person who died after a fall during a late-night hike with friends near Squaw Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 7, authorities said.
Rene Dewarrat was hiking with two friends, who were going to camp at Big Chief in order to get an early start for rock climbing on Thursday, Feb. 8. But at about 9:45 p.m., the friends called 911 to report that Dewarrat had fallen off a cliff, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Dewarrat fell about 100 feet to the rocks below. Because of the rough terrain and sheer cliffs, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, and the Tahoe Nordic Team were called to the scene. Dewarrat was deceased when rescuers reached him.
His body was extricated from the canyon. The friends were not injured, and later transported to safety. The incident happened in an area located on State Route 89, north of Squaw Valley.