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UPDATE: Snowmobiler Killed in Avalanche Near Cooke City

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An 18-year-old snowmobiler died after being buried in an avalanche near Cooke City late on Tuesday afternoon.

Park County Undersheriff Scott Hamilton said that Zachary Junkermeier, who is from Lake Lillian, Minnesota, was with a group of six friends, sitting on his snowmobile about halfway up a slope in the Daisy Pass/Crown Butte area when he was overtaken by the avalanche.

The Yellowstone Park Dispatch received the report around 4 p.m.

At about 4:15 p.m., five members of Park County Sheriff's Search and Rescue responded to the scene and began probing operations. 

Junkermeier was located almost an hour later near the toe of the debris field in about 6-feet of snow.

Undersheriff Hamilton said that he was not wearing a rescue beacon and efforts to perform CPR on him were not successful.

Hamilton added that one other member of the party tried to outrun the avalanche. He was knocked off his snowmobile and hit some trees, injuring him slightly. He was not buried by the slide.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center will send a team of investigators to the area on Wednesday.

This marked the 5th avalanche-related death in Montana this season.

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