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.
Aerial footage of crash site.
When paramedics and air ambulance pilot discovered the missing plane they were able to relay exact coordinates to the RCMP – ending their 10 month search. pic.twitter.com/Z1h1JuMY5X
— Emerg Health Services (@BC_EHS) September 11, 2018
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.
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.