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Glacier Park investigates apparent avalanche death

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a Whitefish man apparently died in an avalanche while snowboarding in Glacier National Park.

Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan identified the victim as 37-year-old Brian C. Wright.

Glacier officials said Wright's body was found Thursday near the bottom of the slide at the base of Mt. Shields in the southeastern part of the park.

Glacier spokesman Wade Muehlhof says Wright was in the area by himself. When he did not meet a friend as planned, the friend reported him missing. Muehlhof says there's no reason to believe the avalanche claimed any other victims.

Wright's was the fourth avalanche death reported in Montana and Idaho this week. On Saturday, a snowmobiler from Idaho died in the Lolo National Forest while highmarking. On Tuesday, two snowmobilers from Washington State died near McCall, Idaho.

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