“Missing” Snowboarder Spent Night in HotelBy Steve Casimiro on January 11th, 2013
Here’s a thought: Drinking and reporting your brother lost to authorities don’t mix. South Lake Tahoe search and rescue spent more than $40,000 looking for 24-year-old snowboarder Corey Hoffman, 24, who got separated from his brother on last run and disappeared after allegedly pounding drinks at a Heavenly Valley bar. Hoffman wasn’t lost in the snowy backcountry, though — he turned up the next morning after he’d spent the night at the Horizon Hotel Casino in South Tahoe. More than 75 people and two helicopters battled high winds, blowing snow, and avalanche hazards looking for Hoffman, who was probably drinking free watered-down cocktails at the one dollar blackjack table. Authorities tried to figure out how the snafu occurred, but as the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wryly put it, “After a lengthy interview with Corey and his brother who had reported him missing, we are unable to determine exactly what transpired…[details are] conflicting, due to the consumption of alcohol.” Via RGJ.
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