Body of man missing in avalanche found

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ANCHORAGE- Searchers have recovered the body of a ConocoPhillips Alaska employee missing and presumed dead since a Feb. 13 avalanche on the Kenai Peninsula that killed the head of the company.

The body of 40-year-old Alan Gage was found Monday near Grandview.

Gage and 57-year-old Jim Bowles, the president of ConocoPhillips Alaska, were killed when the avalanche hit their snowmobile party. Bowles' body was recovered that day.

Gage was part of the ConocoPhillips capital projects team.

Rain, low clouds and other foul weather, plus hazardous avalanche conditions, kept searchers out of the area until Saturday.

Alaska State Troopers said as many as 58 people since then have combed an avalanche debris area a little larger than a football field using trained search dogs, probes and other devices.

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