BRITISH COLUMBIA

Police Call Off Search For Australian Woman Missing In Canada

Police found her partner's body and the couple's vehicle in the Mount Statlu Lake region.

07/23/2017 11:52 EDT | Updated 07/23/2017 11:54 EDT

The RCMP has called off the search for Melbourne woman Sophie Dowsley, who went missing while hiking in British Columbia two weeks ago.

Dowsley, 34, and her partner Gregory Tiffin, 44, were last seen on July 8 at the Harrison Hot Springs, east of Vancouver, where they were believed to have gone hiking near a notoriously dangerous waterfall. The alarm was raised when the couple did not turn up to work.

Police confirmed on Thursday that the body of Tiffin had been found in the Mount Statlu Lake region, along with the couple's vehicle. Then a backpack belonging to Tiffin and Dowsley's sunglasses were also located.

Dowsley's brother, Jamie Dowsley said police had made the decision to call off the search for his sister because there were "no plausible or conceivable areas left to search".

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In a statement, Jamie Dowsley expressed his family's gratitude to police and the emergency services who risked their own lives searching the rugged region for Dowsley.

"The amount of support we have received is testament to the incredible person that Sophie is. We would also like to thank Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Dan Tehan MP who's personal support and influence contributed to the extension of the search to find Sophie."

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull personally committed his support to the family of Dowsley, promising through his office, to urge Canadian police to extend their investigations when it was indicated to the family the operation may soon need to be concluded.

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Jamie Dowsley added that as one of his sister's personal items had been discovered below the waterfall, the water search would resume when conditions made it possible to do so.

"After visiting this area and gaining an understanding of the terrain and conditions our family fully accept this decision [to call off the police search]," he said.

"We understand that Sophie may never be found."

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