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Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:26

Montana Hiker Dies of Suicide Shortly After His Girlfriend Perishes in Avalanche

Written by  Maria Pasquini

A hiker took his own life following the loss of his girlfriend, who perished in an avalanche just days ago.

On Oct. 7, Hayden Kennedy and his girlfriend Inge Perkins — both experienced climbers — were caught in an avalanche on Montana’s Imp Peak near Bozeman, according to the Associated Press.

Kennedy, 27, was only partially buried, but after freeing himself he failed to find his girlfriend, reported KTLA. He ended his life the next day.

Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center told Outside that although Hayden “never called 911” to report the incident, he did leave “a note with locations as to where the avalanche happened. They were incredibly clear directions for where to find her.”

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In a statement released on Tuesday, Kennedy’s father wrote that although “Hayden survived the avalanche,” he couldn’t bear “the unbearable loss of his partner in life. He chose to end his life. Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision.”

“Hayden truly was an uncensored soul whose accomplishments as a mountaineer were always secondary to his deep friendships and mindfulness,” Kennedy’s father continued. “He recently moved to Bozeman to work on his EMT certification while Inge completed her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education at Montana State University.

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