02/11/2015 10:52 EST | Updated 04/13/2015 05:59 EDT

Mark Salesse: body of missing RCAF member recovered

The family of Sgt. Mark Salesse has confirmed their son's remains were found today in Banff National Park.

"The door bell rang, and the three military people were there and I thought, 'oh my god they found him, they found him,'" said Liz Quinn, Salesse's mother.

The RCAF search and rescue technician was swept away by an avalanche Thursday while performing military training exercised in an ice climbing area in Banff National Park known as the Polar Circus.

According to RCMP, Parks Canada Visitor Safety specialists located and recovered Salesse today around 1:30 p.m. MT.

Quinn, said military officials told her he was found under 2.7 metres of snow.

"Although we were desperately hoping and grasping at straws that we may have a glimmer of hope left, we were relieved that he was found now and hot in the spring," she said.