Australian hiker missing in Canadian wilderness after boyfriend's body found

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

The police began their search on July 12 after the couple, who live in Vancouver, were reported missing.

"All search resources remain engaged as we continue to look for the missing woman", Rail said.

The 34-year-old Melbourne woman and her 44-year-old boyfriend, Gregory Tiffin, reportedly set off on a hiking day-trip in the province of British Colombia, Canada, on July 8 and have not been seen or heard from since.

Sophie is originally from Victoria and her dad Peter Dowsley is desperate to get answers, saying the search and rescue crews are stretched to the limit in Canada because of active wildfires in B.C.

The pair was hiking at Statlu Lake near Chehalis - between the communities of Mission and Harrison Hot Springs.

Dowsley is from Australia, and her parents have recently flown to Canada. "RCMP remain in close contact with the victim's and missing woman's families".

In addition to Ms Dowsley's sunglasses, another item believed to belong to the Vancouver-based couple was located on a rock slab near the top of the waterfall.

"The area that the search is being conducted in, it's very treacherous, risky mountain terrain", said Rail.

"It's the worst - actually the worst possible nightmare that you can imagine", he told broadcaster CTV. The terrain is just absolutely stunningly lovely and rugged and unforgiving, ' he said.

Officials said the waterfall has a history of fatalities, including a string of deadly incidents almost 20 years ago. "Obviously, the only people that can be in there are trained professionals".

'20 years ago we went there three times, three consecutive years, for exactly the same scenario and a fatality each time, ' he said.

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