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Crews to resume search at Johnsons Landing 0

By Erica Bulman, 24 Hours Vancouver

Members of Vancouver's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team - who were called out to help in efforts at the Kootenay landslide - were honoured Tuesday at City Hall. (RICHARD ZUSSMAN, QMI AGENCY)

Members of Vancouver's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team - who were called out to help in efforts at the Kootenay landslide - were honoured Tuesday at City Hall. (RICHARD ZUSSMAN, QMI AGENCY)

Crews will resume search efforts to find the missing body of 17-year-old Rachel Webber who was buried in the Johnsons Landing mudslide, the BC Coroners Service said Tuesday.

However, they have given up on finding the body of 64-year-old German national Petra Frehse.

The announcement came the same day Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and city council honoured 41 members of the city's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team, who were called out to try to find the four victims caught in the Kootenay landslide.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said using heavy excavation machinery, searchers will spend two more days working in the area near the site of the Webbers' former home - probably later this week.

The bodies of Webber's father Valentine Webber, 60, and her 22-year-old sister Diana, were recovered near the home last week. Rachel Webber is believed to be in the same area.

Recovery efforts were paused last Wednesday to reassess the realistic possibility of finding the remaining missing bodies and the safety of the site for the searchers.

Technical experts concluded there was a possibility Rachel Webber could be found in the area where her family members were located. However, there was no reasonable possibility of locating Frehse, whose home - located higher up the mountain than the Webber residence - was more severely impacted by the full force of the slide.


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