Australian hiker Sophie Dowsley's body found

Published: 12 October 2017


Police in Canada have confirmed they have found the body of Melbourne woman Sophie Dowsley, who went missing while hiking with her partner in British Columbia in July.

Ms Dowsley, 34, and her Canadian partner Gregory Tiffin, 44, were reported missing after they failed to return from a day-long hike near Harrison Hot Springs on July 8.

Rescue crews found Mr Tiffin’s body in waters in Statlu Falls near Harrison Lake 12 days later, and the couple’s car and belongings were found nearby.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and volunteer search and rescue parties continued their efforts and discovered Ms Dowsley’s remains on September 23.

They announced the discovery on Wednesday after confirming the remains belonged to Sophie Dowsley.

Authorities said the Statlu Falls area has a history of claiming lives.

“We have not been to that location for close to 20 years. But 20 years ago we went there three times,” a search team member said.

“Three consecutive years for exactly the same scenario, and a fatality each time.”

The two deaths are now being investigated by the British Columbia Coroners Service.