Body of climber found in Truckee |

Body of climber found in Truckee

Jim Scripps

The body of a Reno rockclimber was discovered Thursday morning, a day after an apparent fall at a popular climbing spot near Donner Lake in Truckee.

Nevada County authorities believe Justin Michael Saca, 21, a Las Vegas native and University of Nevada, Reno student, fell while free-climbing on “School Rock” Wednesday evening near Old Highway 40 west of the lake. He was not using safety equipment.

Although the official cause of Saca’s death is still being investigated by the Nevada County Coroner, Saca’s injuries indicate a climbing fall.

“We are pretty confident he was climbing by himself,” Nevada County Sgt. Ron Perea said. “By the abrasions on his body it appears he slid and then fell.”

School Rock is located right below Donner Ski Ranch near the Rainbow Bridge.

Saca was identified after friends – including a Reno roommate – came to Truckee looking for him and arrived while the investigation was in progress, Perea said.

His body was discovered by climbers hiking to the rock.

Because of the rough terrain, Saca’s body had to be airlifted out of the area by California Highway Patrol helicopter.