Boston hikers feared killed in Canadian avalanche

Toni Houston
March 28, 2017

Investigators found the couple's rental vehicle near a trail just north of Lake Louise.

The man and the woman from Boston killed in an avalanche while snowshoeing at a national park in Canada were 32 years old, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Officials found their auto a short distance away, on Highway 93 North in Banff National Park on the Icefields Parkway.

The force said the couple were last seen last Saturday when they had breakfast in Field.

Avalanche risk is high in the area right now, Parks Canada said. The snowshoers were removed by 10:30 a.m.

A helicopter that flew over the area picked up signals from two avalanche transceivers - small electronic devices that people wear that send out radio signals that searchers can home in on to rescue buried people.

Canadian parks officials said safety specialists found snowshoe tracks near the rental vehicle that led to avalanche debris. The snowshoers are believed to have been caught in an avalanche in an area 20-30 minutes drive north of this location.

Parks Canada said avalanche control work Thursday in the area north of Lake Louise allowed the recovery operation to go ahead.

Because of unsafe conditions, crews weren't able to get into the area until Friday.

Search teams initially used a helicopter because the area was too risky to traverse on foot.

Neither have been identified while their families are notified.

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