Body of missing Richmond skier found

Body of missing Richmond skier found

The body of Thomas Mullarkey, the 65-year-old Richmond man who went missing at a ski resort in March, was found today by Alpine County sheriff’s deputies.

Mullarkey was reported missing by his wife, Jane Drummond-Mullarkey, about 11 p.m. on March 14, 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.

A full-scale search by authorities was hampered by blizzard conditions. Mullarkey’s body was not found until today, when search and rescue dogs trained to detect the scent of human remains alerted to an area of the ski resort known as Groovy Gully, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Soon after the dog’s alert, searchers found a ski pole and ski protruding from the surface of the now,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Mr. Mullarkey’s body was located just beneath the snow where the pole and ski were discovered.”

The sheriff’s office offered “their sincerest condolences and would like to thank the Mullarkey family and their many friends for their patience and understanding during this very emotional and painful event.”

Mullarkey was an avid skier and longtime, beloved Richmond resident.