Guides from ski touring company recover avalanche victims' bodies

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Guides from Wallowa Alpine Huts of Joseph have recovered the bodies of Jake Merrill, 23, of Bellingham, Wash., and Shane Coulter, 30, of Seattle, the two backcountry skiers killed in an avalanche Tuesday in the southern Wallowa Mountains northwest of Halfway.

Both men's bodies were taken to Gray's West and Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City, according to a press release from the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

Coulter and five other clients of Wallowa Alpine Huts were on a multi-day skiing tour when the avalanche struck.

Merrill was one of the two guides for the Joseph company.

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