FERRON -- The victim of a central Utah avalanche has been identified as a Draper man.
Authorities say 32-year-old James Childs was snowmobiling with other family members Friday afternoon in the Manti-LaSal National Forest about 10 miles southwest of Ferron when he told them he wanted to climb a hill.
Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis says family members later realized they could no longer hear or see Childs and discovered a fresh avalanche.
It took search teams from Sevier and Sanpete counties about five hours until they found Child's body and snowmobile Friday night.
The avalanche was some 150 yards wide, 100 yards long and 10 feet deep.
Childs was an experienced snowmobiler, but that no one in the group was wearing an avalanche beacon.