There will be no charges filed against the Missoula snowboarder who triggered the February 28th slide that ran into a neighborhood. The avalanche occurred on Mount Jumbo, close to the Univeristy of Montana Missoula Campus. The avalanche destroyed the house of an elderly couple, burying them and two neighborhood children. All four were recovered alive but 68-year old Michel Colville died of her injuries.
No charges will be filed against the snowboarder on the reccommendation of the Missoula Police Department. The slope where the rider triggered the avalanche was closed to provide a wintering habitat for a local elk herd. The slope was marked with a small sign that was likely covered by blowing snow.
To file trespass charges against the snowboarder it would have to be proved that the snowboarder knowingly violated the law.