Two Dead After Weekend Avalanche
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 11, 2017
A Montana woman died in a weekend avalanche, and the family of her boyfriend said he survived the slide, but not the loss of his partner – and took his own life.
The Gallatin County sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Inge Perkins of Bozeman died Saturday in a slide on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range. She and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Hayden Kennedy of Carbondale, Colorado, were accomplished mountain climbers. Officials say the two were ascending a steep, narrow gully on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday when they triggered a slide that fully buried Perkins and partially buried Kennedy. He could not find her and hiked out of the area.
Gallatin County Search and Rescue recovered the victim’s body on Monday. She was covered by 3 feet of snow. Kennedy was found dead the next day at a residence in Bozeman.
Hayden Kennedy’s family said he and Perkins had recently moved to Bozeman where he was working on his emergency medical technician certificate and she was completing her bachelor’s degree in math and education at Montana State University.