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The corner of Van Buren and Holly streets

The corner of Van Buren and Holly streets was a scene of devastation as first responders, neighbors and volunteers showed up to aid in the search. The avalanche appeared to come down a ravine on Mount Jumbo.

MISSOULA — With the Mount Jumbo avalanche having claimed one victim’s life, the Missoula Police Department is looking at the investigation from a “different perspective,” public information officer Travis Welsh said Monday.

Police interviewed three people who were recreating on the mountain and may have set off the avalanche.

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It’s unclear whether criminal charges will be pursued, he said. But police are meeting with prosecutors later this week to discuss the investigation and any possible criminal culpability.

Several witnesses to the avalanche said they saw it unleash below a snowboarder who was high atop Mount Jumbo. The slide buried three people at the base of the mountain, one of whom died Monday, and destroyed or damaged several homes in the Holly Street neighborhood.

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