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Remains of missing skier found at Bear Valley

Kurt Hildebrand khildebrand@recordcourier.com

Thomas Mularkey

The remains of a missing skier were located by search and rescue dogs on Monday near Groovy Gully at Bear Valley Resort.

Thomas Mullarkey was first reported missing on March 14 after he failed to return to his cabin after a day of skiing.

Searchers hunted for him for five days in poor visibility from difficult weather while facing the possibility of avalanches without success.

The search was reduced to a continuous examination with in the resort’s perimeter and surrounding backcountry as the snow melted.

According to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, dogs caught the scent of human remains and tracked it to a ski pole and ski protruding from the surface of the snow.

Mullarkey’s body was found just beneath the snow at that location.

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“The Alpine County Sheriff's Office offers their sincerest condolences and would like to thank the Mullarkey family and their many friends for their patience and understanding during this very emotional and painful event,” Undersheriff Spencer Case said Monday.