The search for two missing hikers at Jasper National Park has ended in tragedy.
Mounties recovered two bodies from the Verdant Pass area of the park Wednesday morning which they believe to be Matthew Kozak, 32, and his girlfriend Zabrina Ferrier, 25, RCMP said in a news release Wednesday evening.
Parks Canada staff found them around 6 p.m. Tuesday but had to wait to move in until the next morning to given the remote location and loss of light.
“Jasper RCMP along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continue to investigate. It is believed the couple were hiking and succumbed to their injuries after falling from a steep bank in the area,” reads the release.
Killam RCMP put out a call to the public for help finding the couple on Monday. Police said the pair were known to hike the Mount Edith Cavell Road trails.
One of Zabrina Ferrier’s family members, Whitney Ferrier, wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday she was saddened to say goodbye to the couple.
“They did what they loved to the last minute and are together forever! They had a love I have never seen! So in love always! Please please respect not only my family but also Matt’s family as we try to cope with this! For ever and ever in our hearts!”
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