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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Sophie Dowsley: Body of Melbourne woman found in Canadian wilderness after three-month search

    The body of missing Melbourne woman Sophie Dowsley (left) is found by police in the Canadian province of British Columbia, after she went missing on a hike near a waterfall in July.

    Police in the Canadian province of British Columbia have confirmed they have found the body of missing Melbourne woman Sophie Dowsley, who disappeared while hiking at Harrison Hot Springs in July.

    The alarm was raised when Ms Dowsley, 34, and her partner Gregory Tiffin, 44, failed to return from a day-long hike on July 8.

    Mr Tiffin's body was found 12 days later after some of his belongings were found near a treacherous waterfall near Harrison Lake, where their car was found.

    Ms Dowsley's sunglasses were also found in the area.

    Members of Ms Dowsley's family went to the scene at the time but left when the search was eventually called off.

    Ms Dowsley's family has been notified.

    The RCMP have refused to provide any more information on the death saying it was a matter for the coroner.

    Search and rescue team members said at the time that there was a history of fatalities at Statlu Falls, about three hours from Vancouver, dating back 20 years.

    "Three consecutive years for exactly the same scenario, and a fatality each time," said Neil Brewer, a member of the search and rescue team.

    A geocaching website said it was impossible to get a full view of the falls "without literally killing yourself" while another described steep trails and several narrow log bridges leading to a "dangerous smooth rock gully above a raging waterfall".

    Initially, the search effort was hampered by a lack of resources because of wildfires in British Columbia.

    The family was also frustrated that it had not been allowed to join in the search in what police called a very dangerous area.

    Ms Dowsley's father Peter described it as the "worst possible nightmare that you can imagine".

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