UPDATE: BC Coroners Service confirms identity of Danish hiker

Name released of woman who died following a fall near Azure Lake in Wells Gray Park

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KELOWNA – The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman who died following a hiking accident north of Clearwater on June 17, 2016.

She was Mia Norgaard Langhoff, aged 20, of Kolding, Denmark.

Ms. Langhoff was one of a party of about 20 from an outdoor adventure school in Denmark who were on a school field trip to Canada to mark the end of their course. The group was camped at Clearwater Lake and on June 17, 2016, undertook a day hike on Huntley Col Mountain, about 88 km north of Clearwater. In the afternoon the group was ascending a steep, grassy slope which was covered with fresh snow.

Ms. Langhoff slipped on the snow, lost her balance, and slid over a steep embankment a total distance of more than 30 metres. One of the instructors hiked and canoed out to summon help, a trip of about seven hours. A military search-and-rescue helicopter was dispatched from CFB Comox, but by the time it arrived, Ms. Langhoff was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

The family of Ms. Langhoff has been notified of her death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.