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Avalanche victim has died

Ashleigh Cox, 21, of Colorado Springs was snowshoeing in Utah when avalanche happened.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs woman has died after getting caught in an avalanche.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon, spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff's Office confirmed with KRDO, that 21-year-old Ashleigh Cox passed away on Sunday (2/9/14).

Cox, who is a Brigham Young University student, was snowshoeing when the avalanche broke loose.       

It happened Saturday night (2/8/14) at the American Fork Canyon in Utah, southeast of Salt Lake City.

Cox and her friends were supposed to be enjoying a day of snowshoeing at the American Fork Canyon in Utah, but the fun turned into danger in a matter of seconds.

"They reported that there had been an avalanche and they could not find this gal," said Sgt. Cannon.

Sgt. Cannon says Cox was buried under the snow for 40 minutes before rescuers could pull her out.

"She had been buried in the snow about 20 minutes. Once medical personnel and deputies arrived, she was in the snow in about another 20 minutes," said Sgt. Cannon.

Not only was Cox buried under the snow, but the avalanche pushed her into a stream.

"She was in full arrest at that point. They initiated CPR," said Sgt. Cannon. "She had no air. She was in water as well. So you may have drowning concerns as well."

Cox's friends turned to facebook. Many of them wrote on her profile.

Ashleigh Cox graduated from Thomas B. Dorety High School in 2010. Her classmates told KRDO newschannel 13 she is one of the sweetest people they know.

Ashley Marie Griffin posted on KRDO newschannel 13's facebook saying, "I lived down the street from her growing up... She is a very sweet girl... Praying for her and her family!"

Others, who don't even know her, offered their thoughts and prayers.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 talked with Cox's sister, Megan, on the phone. She says Ashleigh was always helping others. The family traveled to Utah on Sunday (2/9/14) to be with her.

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