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Minneapolis woman killed by avalanche while skiing in Idaho

She was skiing Tuesday morning when the avalanche struck.

Three people have now been confirmed killed in a an Idaho avalanche, with the third victim identified Friday as 33-year-old Minneapolis native Molly Elisabeth Hubbard. 

According to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, Hubbard's body was recovered by searchers Thursday afternoon, two days after at least one avalanche occurred on Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho. 

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff's office announced that five skiers were rescued and two bodies recovered, noting at the time that "all skiers have been accounted for." 

Approximately six hours later, the sheriff's office was alerted by a concerned family member about a skier they were unable to contact. It was confirmed that that person, Hubbard, was skiing at Silver Mountain during the time of Tuesday's avalanche, prompting the re-activation of what the sheriff's office called an "intense search."

Up to 140 searchers probed the avalanche debris for the next two days before Hubbard's body was recovered Thursday. 

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Hubbard was a former neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota and just last summer began a residency in pediatric neurosurgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University Children's Hospital. 

A statement from the chair of the OHSU Department of Neurosurgery issued a statement mourning Hubbard's death. 

Molly Hubbard was a superlative physician and surgeon with exceptional judgment, technical skills and deep compassion for her patients and colleagues. She was also an extraordinary human being who was loved and valued by all who knew her. Molly’s loss is unfathomable to her friends, her family, our community at OHSU, and to myself as her mentor. We will do our best to honor her extraordinary character.”

Hubbard was set to begin work as an assistant professor of pediatric neurosurgery at the university at the start of the 2020-21 academic year. 

The University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery also addressed Hubbard's death in a Facebook post: 

"It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the death of Dr. Molly Hubbard, who was killed yesterday, January 9, in an avalanche on Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho. Molly graduated from our residency program in 2019 and had been working on a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship in Portland, Oregon. Her love of life, her jokes, her optimism, and her contributions to the practice of neurosurgery will be sorely missed."

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