New Zealand woman who perished on Italian Alps named

The Italian Alps.
The Italian Alps. Photo credit: Getty

The New Zealand woman who perished in an avalanche on the Italian Alps has been named. 

Katherine Clarke, 39, born in New Zealand and based in London, was found dead in a valley in the Aosta valley region bordering France, the Guardian reports. 

Her body was discovered alongside three other people, including British national Matthew Ziegler, 43, French national Nicolas Bruno Vergez, 36, and Polish national Wespazjan Wisla, 38. 

Authorities had warned the avalanche danger in the Italian Alps was high over the weekend. The alarm was raised when the group of skiers failed to return to their hotels on Sunday evening (local time).

The Valdostano Alpine Rescue spotted three bodies early in the morning while searching for the four missing, the Washington Post reports.

They were reportedly found buried under six feet of snow, with efforts to recover the bodies hampered by steep terrain and the risk of more avalanches.

A total of eight people were killed in avalanches in Italy over the weekend, according to the Guardian

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