Search suspended for backcountry skier missing in Wash. Cascades

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Increasing avalanche danger has prompted officials to suspend the search for a missing skier in the backcountry near Snoqualmie Pass. The King County Sheriff’s Office said the search had to be halted Monday afternoon for the safety of rescuers. Officials said they’d evaluate whether to resume searching Tuesday. Teams have been looking for 43-year-old Monty Busbee, of Maple Valley, who failed to return home Saturday night. Busbee was known to carry supplies and an avalanche beacon. Meanwhile, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office says a 51-year-old man was killed after he fell into a pocket of deep snow beneath a tree while skiing Sunday near Snoqualmie Pass. KOMO-TV reports that Kittitas sheriff’s officials say the man was found dead in a tree well, an area of loose snow that forms at the base of a tree. His name and hometown have not been released.

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