Man takes his life after girlfriend dies in Montana avalanche

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BOZEMAN, Montana — An accomplished climber who took his own life after his girlfriend died in an avalanche left directions for a recovery team to find her body.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports the parents of 27-year-old Hayden Kennedy said he survived Saturday’s avalanche, but “not the unbearable loss of his partner in life,” 23-year-old Inge Perkins of Bozeman.

Officials said Kennedy searched for his girlfriend but was unable to find her. He did not call 911 to report the slide and his body was found Sunday in Bozeman. He reportedly left a detailed note that included GPS coordinates of where the slide happened.

On Monday morning, Gallatin County Search and Rescue recovered Perkins’ body, which they found buried under 3 feet of snow.

“Hayden truly was an uncensored soul whose accomplishments as a mountaineer were always secondary to his deep friendships and mindfulness,” the Kennedy family wrote in a statement.

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