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Locals react to death of man killed in Montana avalanche

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CONNELL, Wash. -- A Connell man is dead after he was caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling with a friend in Montana yesterday.

This follows a weekend where other fatal avalanches were triggered on Stevens and Snoqualmie Pass. In such a small town, most people knew 33 year old Charles John Dunden shared the name with his father.

Some got the news online, others found out from KNDU. Dunden worked for a concrete construction company owned by his friend Shayne Carlisle of Pasco.

The two men went snowmobiling Monday. Friends say the men snowmobiled before, but this was their first time doing it in Montana.  "He was always out going, he likes to race, and likes the outdoors," said Dennis Laika of Connell.

"Everybody goes four wheeling or something, so everybody was pretty much a professional almost and to find out that you know somebody that this has happened to is like , wow," adds Victoria Colley, who graduated from high school with Dunden.

According to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Dunden was riding across an open slope which caused the slide. Dunden was buried in the snow and died. Carlisle was swept away with the snow, but survived with no injuries.

The Flathead County Sheriff says Dunden's body could be back in Connell in about two days.

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