Body of 2nd Missing French Canadian Tramper found on Kepler


Te Anau Police can confirm a second body was found in the search for 23 year-old French Canadians, Louis-Vincent LESSARD and Etienne LEMIEUX.

Search and Rescue staff found the second body in the same area of the avalanche debris and both bodies have now been brought back to Te Anau for formal identification.

Both Louis-Vincent’s and Etienne’s families in Canada have been advised of this latest development


Search teams this evening found the body of one of the French Canadian Trampers on the Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park.

The two tourists Louis-Vincent Lessard and Etienne Lemieux were reported overdue by family members on the 25th of July 2015.


Loius-Vincent on left, Etienne on the right

At about 4pm, in an area between the Hanging Valley Hut and the Iris Burn Hut, Police located the body of one male.

The male was found within a field of avalanche debris and is about 350 metres below the Kepler track proper.

Weather in the area is inclement but plans are in place for an assessment on Monday morning to undertake a ground based search and recovery operation. 

Identity of the male is not confirmed at this time.