Man killed in Summit County avalanche identified as husband of member of Ben McAdams’ staff

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UPDATE: 12/16– Police have identified the victim as 45-year-old Raymond M. Tauszik of Salt Lake City, but his family says he goes by Matt.

Matt was the husband of a staff member on Congressman Ben McAdams’ team.

They sent ABC4 the following statement:

“Our hearts are broken today, as we mourn with my Director of Digital Communications Michelle Schmitt and her son for the loss of their husband and father – Matt Tauszik, who was killed in this weekend’s avalanche.  Their family loved being outdoors together, particularly on the ski mountain. Michelle has worked for me in both the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office and now here in my Congressional office and is well known for her professional and talented work with local news media and digital communications.  We grieve Matt’s loss with her and will provide as much support as possible during this sad time.”

A GoFundMe was set up on behalf of the family for those wishing to help.

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 45-year-old snowboarder from Salt Lake City.

The investigation comes after the man died in a backcountry avalanche on Sunday.

It happened between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on the Dutch Draw slope along the Conehead area near Canyons Resort.

“There were a couple of people that came across a snow board sticking out of the snow, went over to it and realized it was attached to a person,” said Lt. Andrew Wright of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. “They immediately began digging and from what we’ve been told they dug down about three feet.”

The man was rushed to the hospital. Efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.

“We estimate based off of the time frame, he was buried 25-45 minutes,” said Lt. Wright. “Unfortunately just after 12:30 this afternoon, they pronounced him deceased.”

Skier, Cole Milligan and his friends had just reached the top of the slope when the avalanche happened.

“Right as we got up there, they immediately shut down all the access roots to 9990 base,” said Milligan. “It created kind of a manic state for everyone that was already up there because they had to stay up there or get escorted down essentially.”

It’s unclear at this time if the man had avalanche gear, but ABC4 was told by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office he was snowboarding by himself.

His identity has yet to be released.

Sadly, the Utah Avalanche Center says this area was the site of an avalanche fatality in February 2012.

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