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For Immediate Release
Date May 29, 2021
Contact Jon Paxton
Flagstaff, AZ – On March 27th, 2021 at 11:53 PM the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue person, identified as Vsevolod Predtechenskliy, a 56-year-old male, who was believed to have been snowboarding at the Arizona Snowbowl. Predtechenskliy was due to return to his residence in Chandler, AZ by approximately 7:00 PM on March 27th but failed to return. The Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue initiated an investigation and search to locate Predtechenskliy.
Predtechenskliy’s vehicle was located at the Arizona Snowbowl and further investigation revealed that Predtechenskliy was a frequent guest at the Arizona Snowbowl. Investigators found he had used his ski pass to access the ski lifts starting at approximately 10:00 AM on March 27th. A search flight was conducted by Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue utilizing forward looking infrared. No one was located by the search flight.
A ground search was initiated with personnel from Search and Rescue and the Arizona Snowbowl. CCSO Search and Rescue began searching common locations where snowboarders get lost or injured outside of the ski area boundary, while the Arizona Snowbowl personnel conducted a ground search within the boundaries of the ski area.
At approximately 9:05 AM on March 28th a search team from the Arizona Snowbowl located Predtechenskliy deceased in a tree well off the Volcano ski run. A detective from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to conduct the investigation and assisted in transporting the body that was received by the Coconino County Office of the Medical Examiner.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino County Office of the Medical Examiner.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Posse for their assistance on this incident.