02/17/12: Updated Information:
The male victim found deceased yesterday morning,February 16, 2012, at the Mad River Glen Ski Area is identified as being Andrew Stewart, age 51, of Fayston.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded the autopsy performed on Stewart and ruled the cause of death to be positional asphyxia and the manner of death is accidental. Toxicology results are pending.
There were no signs of forced entry in either the ski school building or the maintenance/paint shop in which Stewart was found.
Stewart was a longtime employee of Mad River Glen as a ski school instructor. Jamey Wimble, General Manager of Mad River Glen stated, “I’m terribly saddened by this, and I know that feeling is shared by the rest of our staff. He was a member of our team for more than 10 years, and was a good friend and colleague for all of us. We’ll miss him, and our thoughts are with his family.”
Body found at Mad River Glen
OnFebruary 16, 2012, at approximately8:45 a.m., the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a deceased male at the Mad River Glen Ski Area inFayston,Vermont. Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and an Assistant Medical Examiner responded to the scene immediately and conducted a joint investigation. Evidence at the scene showed that the victim had attempted to move from the ski patrol office into the ski repair shop through a small adjoining window inside the building and became stuck. The victim was removed from the window and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed.
The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin. This is an on-going investigation and an updated release will be issued when more information becomes available. While the victim’s death is unusual, it does not appear suspicious or criminal in nature.