Two dead after avalanche near Seeley Lake; victims identified

(KPAX) Two people who were caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling near Seeley Lake have died, according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott said that Jade Green, 24, and Lowell Grosvold, 26, and both of Anaconda, died in the avalanche near Lake Dinah.

A third person managed to escape.

“We are grateful that the third rider was able to contact 911 and ultimately return safely after such a tragic event” the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said in a Thursday morning news release.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post at 10:14 p.m. on Wednesday that the two riders who were unaccounted for after the slide were found buried and pronounced dead at the scene.

Search and rescue crews from Seely-Swan and Missoula County were able to transport the bodies to the trailhead after several hours of coordinated recovery efforts.

The third rider who was able to call 911 was brought out with search crews and did not need medical assistance.

Dispatchers received the initial call at 2:15 p.m. from a person who said he had been snowmobiling in the Dinah Lake area when he got caught in an avalanche.

The caller indicated he was able to get out but that two others were buried in the slide.