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Body of missing Mt. Hood skier recovered

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03/16/17 UPDATE:

HOOD RIVER, OR (AP) - Search teams have recovered the body of a skier who was reported missing on Mt. Hood eight days ago.

Sgt. Pete Hughes of the Hood River County Sheriff's Department said Thursday it appears 57-year-old Steve Leavitt hit a tree while skiing and died on impact.

His body was then covered by snow and was discovered late Wednesday.

The Subaru dealership sales manager from The Dalles was last seen skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows on March 7th in the middle of a snow storm.

His family reported him missing that day but bad weather and the risk of an avalanche hampered search efforts.

His body was brought off the mountain Thursday.

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03/13/17 UPDATE:

HOOD RIVER, OR (AP) - The search for 57-year-old Steve Leavitt of The Dalles is now turning into a recovery effort this morning.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says they don't think Leavitt survived.

He was the sales manager at the Subaru dealership in The Dalles and went skiing at Mt. Hood in the middle of a snow storm and went missing last Tuesday.

Search and Rescue Crews think Leavitt may have fallen into a tree well.

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03/09/17 UPDATE:

HOOD RIVER, OR (AP) - Authorities today continued their search for a missing skier on Mt. Hood. 

Hood River County Sheriff's Deputies say 57-year-old Steve Leavitt of The Dalles was reported missing Tuesday night. He was last seen around 11:30 that morning when his ski pass was scanned on a chair lift.

Search teams have been hampered by high winds, rain, and avalanche risks.

Searchers say Leavitt did have a cell phone, but they have been unable to get through to it or even locate its signal.

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03/08/17 UPDATE:

HOOD RIVER, OR (AP) - Authorities are searching for a skier reported missing at Mt. Hood Meadows in Oregon.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Steve Leavitt of The Dalles was reported missing Tuesday night. He was last seen before noon, when his ski pass was scanned on a chair lift.

Search teams spent more than 30 hours in the snow, wind, and rain searching overnight and into the morning.

Searchers say Leavitt did have a cell phone, but they have been unable to get through to it or even locate its signal.

The search will resume early Thursday morning.

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