The 21 year old BYU student who was caught in an avalanche on Saturday, February 8, has died.
21 year old Ashleigh Nicole Cox, a BYU student from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. Cox had been on life support since Saturday after she was caught in an avalanche in the area above Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon. She was under 2'-3' of water for over 40 minutes. Rescuers and other medical personnel were able to revive Ashleigh but she was removed from life support around 4:30 PM today, February 9, 2014. She died a short time later. Her body will be taken to the Office of Medical Examiner in Salt Lake City.
Avalanche condition in the Provo Region, which includes American Fork Canyon, are high up to 9500' elevation. In areas above 9500' elevation the risk of avalanche is extreme. Those going to these areas should use extreme caution and avoid areas where the risk is high or extreme. They should also utilize safety equipment, including avalanche beacons, probes, and shovels.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912.