Blizzard conditions in the Sierras have hampered the search effort for longtime Richmond resident and avid skier Thomas Mullarkey.
On Wednesday at 11:30 p.m., Jane Drummond-Mullarkey reported her husband, 65-year-old Thomas Mullarkey, missing after he did not return to their Arnold cabin after a day of skiing at Bear Valley Mountain Resort in Alpine County, located south of Lake Tahoe.
Soon after, local sheriff’s deputies found Mullarkey’s car at the ski resort. A search of the surrounding terrain, however, was thwarted that night by the darkness and extreme avalanche danger, sheriff’s officials said.
At 7 a.m. the next morning, Calaveras County Search and Rescue, Alpine County Search and Rescue, resort ski patrol, and Sheriff’s Office personnel resumed the search. While the Air National Guard and California Highway Patrol helicopter were deployed, they were grounded almost immediately after arriving at Bear Valley due to low visibility, wind and snow, sheriff’s officials said.
“Search conditions continue to be very hazardous due to extreme avalanche conditions,” the sheriff’s office said Friday afternoon.
Mullarkey is described as a white man, 5’ 8” tall, approximately 150 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes. He is known to be an advanced skier and in good health and is believed to be wearing the same ski suit as depicted in the photos below.
Anyone with information that may lead to determining Mullarkey’s whereabouts is asked to call Undersheriff Spencer Case at (530) 694-2231 ex: 357.