Tuesday 22 August 2017

Bodies of two Americans who died in Canada avalanche found

The couple were killed in an avalanche in Canada
The couple were killed in an avalanche in Canada

The bodies of two Americans who were caught in an avalanche in Canada have finally been recovered.

The two people from Boston, who police say were a man and a woman - both 32 - were presumed dead after they failed to check out of their hotel on Tuesday in Field, British Columbia.

Their vehicle was found at a trail head on Highway 93 and their tracks were spotted near the avalanche debris in Banff National Park, in Alberta.

Parks Canada v isitor safety specialists hiked up the mountain and saw that the area had been hit by one or more avalanches, but conditions were too dangerous for most of the week to send searchers into the area.

Police did not release the names of the victims, who they believe died last weekend, and have notified their families.

"Snow cover on the vehicle and in the parking lot indicated that the car had been parked there for some time," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

The force said the couple were last seen last Saturday when they had breakfast in Field. On Tuesday, hotel staff called police to file a missing persons report when the couple's room appeared untouched.

"On behalf of the RCMP, I want to offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of these two people in this difficult time," RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters said.

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