Remains found that of Canadian tourist

  • 19/10/2016
  • By Caley Callahan
Joanna Lam and Connor Hayes had been in New Zealand for eight days (Facebook)

Police have confirmed a thigh bone found by a hunter in the Haast river belonged to a missing Canadian tourist killed in a landslide in September, 2013.

Canadian tourists Joanna Lam and Connor Hayes were travelling on State Highway six when their camper van was hit by a landslide.

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His partner's body was found shortly after the accident however Mr Haye's body was never recovered.

The bone was discovered in August however new DNA analysis has confirmed the remains to belong to Mr Hayes.

The find prompted another search of the Haast river by New Zealand Police and Land Search and rescue (SAR) which found more remains that are also believed to be connected the Canadian man.

Police won't confirm whether they're human remains but say anything that belongs to Mr Hayes, will be released to his family in Canada.


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