One body found in B.C. highway landslide, more missing: RCMP

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — RCMP say the body of a woman has been recovered from a landslide across Highway 99 near Lillooet, B.C., following historic rainfall.

Police say search and rescue personnel are continuing to look for more people as the coroners service also conducts an investigation.

Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says the total number of people and vehicles unaccounted for has not yet been confirmed but investigators have received reports of two other people who are missing.

She says other motorists may have been buried and that police are asking anyone who was a witness to the slide or believes their loved one is missing to contact the RCMP.

A search for anyone who may have been buried by two slides is also underway in the Highway 7 area near Agassiz, B.C., after 275 people who spent the night in their vehicles were helicoptered to safety on Monday.

Jonathan Gormick, information officer with the Vancouver Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team, says while the roadway has been cleared of potentially trapped vehicles or people, they'll now be searching the slide's debris field.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 16, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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