A Washington state trooper was killed in an avalanche while snowmobiling, authorities said. Trooper Steve Houle, 51, a nearly 30-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, died Monday, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
Houle was snowmobiling with a friend in French Cabin Creek, north of Cle Elum in central Washington, when the avalanche occurred shortly before 1 p.m. local time, the sheriff's office said.
Both men were caught in the snow. The companion was able to dig himself out but was unable to find Houle, authorities said. The friend went to get help, and Kittitas County Search and Rescue crews were able to locate Houle's body several hours later, around 7 p.m. He was found deceased, authorities said.
Houle, of Cle Elum, served for over 28 years in the state patrol's commercial vehicle division in Kittitas County.
Steve was a devoted Trooper, loving father to Hayden, Connor, and Rachel and husband to Laurie. He was an exemplary human who we're all fortunate to have known.
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