Canadian avalanche victims from Boston were 32, officials say

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The man and the woman from Boston were reported missing after failing to check out of their hotel in Alberta on Tuesday.

A search for the missing couple was launched at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday and their rental vehicle was found near a trailhead off of Highway 93 a few hours later.

According to a release on Sunday, avalanche risk is still very high in the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay areas, especially at the alpine and above-tree levels.

The two tourists, who came from Boston, were caught in the avalanche on either Saturday or Sunday.

After a fly-over of the region, rescue workers said they had picked up transceiver signals that could belong to the hikers, but they were unable to see any evidence the hikers had survived.

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The bodies were recovered on Friday morning at around 10:30 (16:30 GMT), Parks Canada said.

A Parks Canada search team believed to have located the avalanche site, but crews were kept from the location by dense fog, incoming storms and nightfall.

A Parks Canada spokeswoman said the avalanche risk was so high it was too risky to send a search team to the avalanche site itself. There were snowshoe tracks leading into nearby avalanche debris, and no tracks leading out.

Avalanche conditions are now high in the area, and it not safe to put rescuers into the avalanche site.

RCMP said Wednesday the visitors' families had been notified.

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