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Ski patrol searches for missing man

KILLINGTON - On Jan. 30 at 2:11 p.m., Vermont State Police troopers at the VSP's Rutland Barracks received a call from Killington Ski Patrol about a skier reported missing.

Killington Ski Patrol advised it initially had contact with the skier, Gustavo Oascar Iriarte, 45, of Lyndhurst, N.J., by cellular telephone.

Killington Resort sent ski patrollers out to search, but were unable to locate Iriarte and lost contact with him via cell phone at approximately 6:30 p.m.

As of 8 a.m. Jan. 31, the VSP Search and Rescue continue to actively search for Iriarte, along with Killington Ski Patrol and members of Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

Anyone that may have had contact with Iriarte since Jan. 30 is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101. Iriate was last seen wearing a light grey jacket with maroon on the shoulders, black helmet, and grey pants.

Three other lost skiers in the Pico area were also located this morning and taken to safety. Police reminded visitors to be prepared when skiing or snowboarding: Make sure you have a take with you a supply of warm, bright clothes (orange hats are good), a first aid kit, food, and a cell phone, in the event you get lost.

No further information is available. When more information becomes available, state police investigators said they will issue an update.

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