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Lake County man who died while snowboarding was facing a rape charge

Posted: Jan 03, 2018 5:11 PM Updated:

Conner Heidegger, a Lake County man who died in a snowboarding accident near Lakeside over the weekend, was set to stand trial in Flathead County for a felony rape charge.

According to court documents, Heidegger was charged with rape following an incident reported in Bigfork in August 2017.

Heidegger is accused of entering a home there and raping a woman.

He was out on $100,000 bail when he died Saturday after jumping off a cliff while snowboarding out of bounds near Lakeside.

Heidegger's trial had been set to begin on January 22.

(JANUARY 1, 2018) Two men lost their lives in separate incidents while snowboarding in Flathead County on Saturday.

The first incident occurred off of Blacktail Road in Lakeside.

Conner Heidegger of Rollins, 22 years old, was out of bounds and some distance away from Blacktail Mountain Ski Area when he attempted to jump off of a cliff and died from blunt force trauma.

According to Blacktail Mountain Ski Area snow sports director Jessie Wood, Heidegger never came to the ski area.

"He was off the side of the road," Wood said. "Skiing in boundary is important and we responded as good Samaritans when we heard of the call through the Lakeside QRU."

The second incident occurred at Whitefish Mountain Resort after 28-year-old Robert Hornstra became separated from his group.

Flathead Search and Rescue found him early Sunday morning upside down in a tree well.

Whitefish Mountain Resort released a statement: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Any death at our resort is an event that impacts the entire Whitefish Mountain Resort community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends as they cope during this difficult time."

Whitefish Mountain Resort Public Relations Manager Riley Polumbus said when the powder is fresh, guests should take extra precautions.

"The best way to avoid this kind of tragedy is to avoid deep snow and trees completely, stay on groomed runs," Polumbus said. "However, if you are going to go enjoy the trees and the powder, you should always be skiing with someone else and always keep your partner in sight."

The last tree well death at Whitefish Mountain Resort was in 2014.

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