Body of former Casterton Woman Found
CANADIAN authorities have confirmed that the body of missing Australian hiker and former Casterton woman Sophie Dowsley has been found near a waterfall.
It has been revealed that Ms Dowsley's body was in fact discovered on September 23 by Royal Canadian Mounted Police and volunteer search and rescue teams.
The announcement has now been made following the body being identified as Ms Dowsley.
The discovery puts an end to the search which first began back in July when the former Casterton woman and her Canadian partner Gregory James Tiffin disappeared after a hiking trip near Statlu Falls.
Mr Tiffin's body was also found on July 19 at the base of a waterfall.
The Dowsley family have thanked the Canadian authorities and search teams for their efforts which saw them put their own lives at risk conducting the search in treacherous rapid river conditions.
Kent Harrison Search and Rescue search manager Neil Brewer spoke on the search and discovery.
"Discovery of Sophie's remains brings closure, not only for family and friends, but for the volunteers who were heavily invested in finding Sophie," Mr Brewer said.
"This was a difficult search in very technical terrain. It involved not only unpaid SAR volunteers, but technical specialists from the RCMP underwater recovery team and emergency response team, along with some very skilled helicopter pilots."