Snowshoers missing in Banff National Park buried in avalanche

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They had failed to check out of their hotel on Tuesday and their auto was found near Lake Louise.

The bodies of two snowshoers from Boston that were caught in an avalanche in Canada have been recovered.

The pair failed to check out of their hotel in Field, British Columbia, on Tuesday, prompting hotel staff to notify the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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.

"The man and the women were said to have last been seen on Saturday, March 11 when they had breakfast at the hotel", said RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters.

Parks Canada said a helicopter flying over the area had picked up signals from two radio distress transmitters.

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Their bodies were pulled out around 10:30 a.m.

Officials believe the duo were buried by the avalanche and search efforts being led by Parks Canada were underway Wednesday. The snowshoers are believed to have been caught in an avalanche in an area 20-30 minutes drive north of this location.

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

Parks Canada said the risk of avalanche was too high to send rescuers into the area until Friday at first light.

"On behalf of the RCMP, I want to offer our honest condolences to the families and friends of these two people in this hard time", a RCMP spokesman, Curtis Peters, said.

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