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DNA confirms identity of Alberta couple killed in southeastern B.C. plane crash

Last Updated Nov 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm PDT

Dominique Neron and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeaul (Source: gofundme.com/bring-dom-ash-home)

Remains found at the crash site of a plane in Revelstoke on 2017 were identified as Dominic Neron and Ashley Bourgeault

The couple vanished after taking off on a small flight from Penticton to Edmonton late last year

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – Officials have confirmed that the remains found at a plane crash site in southeastern British Columbia are those of an Alberta couple who went missing nearly a year ago.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a release that Revelstoke RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have confirmed the identity of the bodies through DNA tests.

The pilot, 28-year-old Dominic Neron, and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Ashley Bourgeault, were aboard a small, single engine Mooney aircraft that vanished on Nov. 25, 2017, on a flight from Penticton, B.C., to Edmonton.

Searchers looked for nine days but failed to find any trace of the couple or the plane.

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Finally on Sept. 10 of this year, the crew of an air ambulance helicopter happened to spot the crash site in Glacier National Park, about 60 kilometres northeast of Revelstoke, and just a short distance from the Trans Canada Highway. When police got to the site, they said the aircraft “showed clear signs of a sudden and traumatic impact.”

Moskaluk says no further information is being released.