Two bodies recovered near where two Canadians went missing in New Zealand

New Zealand Police say two bodies have now been recovered in the area where Canadian tourists Etienne Lemieux and Louis-Vincent Lessard went missing earlier this month.

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — New Zealand Police say two bodies have now been recovered in the area where Canadian tourists Etienne Lemieux and Louis-Vincent Lessard went missing earlier this month.

The department’s website says the bodies were found in an avalanche debris field on the Kepler track in the Fiordland National Park.

It says the bodies have been brought back to Te Anau for formal identification, and that the families of the two men have been advised of the situation.

New Zealand Police say they will continue to liaise with the Canadian High Commission in New Zealand and authorities in Montreal.

Lemieux and Lessard, both 23, were last seen July 6 in Queenstown.

Their relatives alerted authorities after the two friends failed to return home to Montreal as scheduled on Friday morning.

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