Update on April 2nd at 2: 20 pm: Local news sources in Teton County have reported that the body of 28-year-old Trace Carillo has been found. More details can be found on Buckrail News.
Teton County Seach and Rescue (TCSAR), Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and a team of search dogs are currently working Taylor Mountain in search of a missing person believed to have been buried in an avalanche yesterday, April 1st.
“Though we appreciate offers to help from the community, the teams currently have ample resources and are following organizational procedures,” TCSAR said. “If you really want to help, please stay away from Taylor Mountain, avoid Teton Pass today, and be kind to one another. Save your judgment and online vitriol for another time. Our volunteers are diligently working the slide path, and we appreciate your concern. More updates to follow.”
Last night, TCSAR reported the following:
A large avalanche on Taylor Mountain just west of Teton Pass prompted a search and rescue effort on Wednesday, April 1. Teams from Teton County Search and Rescue and Wyoming Department of Transportation searched the avalanche path and debris pile on the south face of the 10,352-foot mountain.”
By nightfall, the search was called off as the teams could not locate a snowboarder last seen descending the mountain by his partner after the avalanche was triggered. The teams used avalanche beacons, a probe line of seven people, and a drone. Inclement weather prevented the use of a helicopter.
Given the ongoing status of the search, TCSAR is asking everyone to stay off of Taylor Mountain on Thursday, April 2. Coal Creek parking lot will be closed. Even though other areas of Teton Pass will be open, backcountry users are being asked to avoid Teton Pass altogether, as the search will entail a massive effort.
The public is reminded to use extra caution in the backcountry during the ongoing health crisis.
The most up-to-date information on the search can be found on the TCSAR Facebook page, click here.