NEWS
07/12/2011 09:03 EDT | Updated 09/11/2011 05:12 EDT

Missing British Couple, Ben And Caroline Davies, Found In Lilooet, BC

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - A newlywed British couple camping in B.C.'s outback will have more than adventure stories to tell their friends when they return to the U.K.; they'll have newspaper clippings to show, too.

The couple was feared lost in the wilderness after they failed to show up one week after their scheduled return.

Park rangers and conservation officers from Vancouver to the northwest town of Smithers were put on alert.

Members of the public were asked to keep their eyes peeled. Radio stations broadcast descriptions and newspapers printed photos.

On Tuesday afternoon, two days after the frenzy began, a Mountie in the Interior city of Lillooet pulled over 37-year-old Ben Davies and his 28-year-old wife, Caroline.

The couple was verified safe and sound. They were more than 800 kilometres from their starting point.

"They are having a great vacation and were unaware that we were all looking for them," said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, an RCMP spokesman.

Family members in Vancouver had expected the couple to return from their Canadian adventure on July 4, and they grew worried when they weren't informed plans had changed.

A missing persons' report was filed on Sunday and police issued a public appeal for help. They said the Davies were last in contact on June 22, when they called from Smithers to say they'd be renting kayaks and meeting up with someone on B.C.'s northwest coast.

Vermeulen said within a day people began reporting sightings of the couple and of their black Mazda pickup, fitted with an oversized white, camper-style canopy.

"Everyone in the province really was keeping an eye out for that vehicle and for the couple," he said. "Lots of tips came in, and we're just happy it had such a good ending."

The family members did the right thing by reporting the pair missing to police, Vermeulen said.

He also said people can prevent relatives from experiencing unnecessary worry by informing them of changed vacation plans.