Search and Rescue Dog Team finds Body of missing skier Carson May recovered Monday under 5 feet of snow at Sugar Bowl resort

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 03, 2016 / comments

"A 3 year-old female German Shepherd named Beaujet alerted on a spot and dug down 5 feet to where Carson has been buried under snow for nearly 6 weeks. Beaujet’s handler said Carson looked hansom and peaceful when Beaujet uncovered him.

Sugar Bowl official said May likely perished in avalanche. Scent dogs credited with locating body

The body of 23-year-old ski instructor Carson May was located Monday afternoon by search and rescue teams more than six weeks after he went missing at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team, along with El Dorado County Search and Rescue dog teams, were training at the resort. The search dogs were taken to the area where May’s cellphone last “pinged” in January. His body was found under 5 feet of snow, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

May, a Davis resident, was last seen Jan. 14. Despite an intensive five-day search, searchers were unable to locate him at the time, and the effort was called off when weather conditions grew severe.

Sugar Bowl’s chief executive officer, Greg Dallas, said the discovery brought a feeling of sad resolution to May’s family and Sugar Bowl employees.

“It brings closure to the family, first and foremost,” he said. “Carson was one of ours, so it brings closure for us, too.”

Considering that May was found under a significant amount of snow, after weeks of warm weather since his disappearance, he likely perished in an avalanche, Dallas said. His body was found on the back side of Mount Judah, about a quarter-mile from the resort’s boundaries.

May’s father, Mike May, said he is glad his son was found, but the discovery did not bring relief.

“There’s no such thing as closure when you lose your son,” he said. “It’s an open wound that will stay that way.”...

BY CATHY LOCKE AND BRAD BRANAN, Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article63230582.html 

About Carson May

Carson was last seen skiing while off duty on January 14, 2016 at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Friends reported him missing Friday morning after he didn't make it home and his belongings were discovered in his locker at the ski resort. For five long and storm battered days, the search and rescue team, approximately 400 people, searched for any sign of Carson.  

UPDATE (March 1, 2016)

On leap day, February 29, 2016, Carson May was found by Tahoe Nordic and El Dorado County search and rescue teams outside the Sugar Bowl ski area. A 3 year-old female German Shepherd named Beaujet alerted on a spot and dug down 5 feet to where Carson has been buried under snow for nearly 6 weeks. Beaujet’s handler turns out to be part of the extended family/friend network. She said Carson looked hansom and peaceful when Beaujet uncovered him. Our deepest gratitude to the search teams yesterday including another Shepherd named Mika and to all those who have looked from the beginning through this successful discovery of Carson.

We can only speculate that Carson got disoriented when skiing outside runs he was familiar with and got caught in an avalanche. He was found in the vicinity of his cell phone ping. We know that the accuracy of that ping was questionable and you can’t dig everywhere for hundreds of square yards.

Thank you for the contributions to the Carson GoFundMe campaign where the goal is to save a life by adding early detection technology to the traditional SAR tools. We have a number of interesting leads toward identifying the latest location technology and figuring out what might be developed and what laws can be modified to allow exceptions for finding a missing person.

You can actively remember Carson by joining our Cycle for Sight event April 16 in Napa and joining the Carson May Memorial team. There will be a memorial April 24 in Davis per the link on this site.

Even though Carson has been found, please keep the funds, ideas and contacts coming as his creativity, brilliance and tenacity lives into the future.

 Love from Carson’s dad and all the family.

Since May's son’s disappearance, he created this website, “Celebrating the life of Carson May.”