Snowboarder found alive after being reported missing at Mt. Ashland


    "SAR staff and volunteers are actively checking likely routes on the mountain beyond the ski area," the sheriff's office said. "SAR staff would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Kepsel since Sunday morning in order to help focus the search." (KTVL, JCSO)

    UPDATE: Search and rescue crews in Southern Oregon have located missing snowboarder Eli Kepsel alive, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

    "He is speaking with rescuers and is en route to receive medical attention for mild hypothermia," the sheriff's office said.

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    ASHLAND, Ore. – A 27-year-old snowboarder who went to Mt. Ashland on Sunday and never returned home is now the subject of a search and rescue mission in Jackson County in southern Oregon.

    A family member reported Eli Kepsel, 27, missing on Monday.

    Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol members found Kepsel’s vehicle parked at the ski area.

    "SAR staff and volunteers are actively checking likely routes on the mountain beyond the ski area," the sheriff's office said. "SAR staff would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Kepsel since Sunday morning in order to help focus the search."

    Kepsel’s snowboard has a blue bottom. His coat is a bright yellow-green color.

    He is 5-foot-9 and weighs 165 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

    "If you have information that can aid searchers, please call dispatch at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #18-25711," the sheriff's office said.

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