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Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« on: September 17, 2013, 04:31:22 PM »

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 06:54:06 AM »
outlook does not look good. video footage of the wrecked chassis of their rental van in floodwaters here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/missing-ottawa-couple-s-wrecked-van-found-in-new-zealand-1.1857229

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 08:13:45 AM »
According to CBC Radio, and a piece done by a local reporter, the last people to see these two said that their party pulled off the road because the weather had gotten too bad for driving. It was also indicated that this remote part of the country experiences many bad weather patterns that can seemingly come up from nowhere and become quite fierce.

All in all, it doesn't appear very good.

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2013, 10:43:56 AM »
How could anybody possibly survive that wreckage. So sad that people go on a new job and a new life and go on an adventure such as they did. I surely wouldn't be venturing in a place that was known for violent weather patters. Without any evidence that they have not survived this, it is hard to know what happened here. Thoughts and prayers to those waiting to hear word on this young couple.  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
I just want to add here, hopefully this couple were compatible and caring towards each other. Hopefully friends and family will know what happened to them. :o :o :o :o

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2013, 05:25:16 AM »
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New Zealand search for missing Canadians finds woman's body

Police in New Zealand searching for missing Ottawa couple Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam believe they've found Lam's body on a beach near where the fuel tank from their vehicle was recovered earlier this week.

Police said in a news release that the body was discovered on a stretch of beach between Haast and Knights Point on the country's South Island at about 2:30 p.m. local time Friday. Formal identification has yet to be completed, but Lam's next of kin have been notified. Searchers have found no sign of Hayes.

Lam, 24, and Hayes, 25, were last seen at Fox Glacier on the afternoon of Sept. 10, police have said.

On Tuesday, officers found parts of their wrecked rental van in a gorge in a remote park on the South Island. They heightened their search Wednesday with a heat-seeking helicopter and a specialist search dog, in addition to a search and rescue boat.

New Zealand police have said the van was likely swept away in fast-moving floodwaters, as the area where it was found experienced a bad storm more than a week ago. There have been a number of landslides at that mountain pass close to where the couple's vehicle was found.

A friend told CBC News earlier this week Lam failed to show up at her new job as a medical imaging specialist for a radiology department in New Zealand on Monday. Tamara Sagadore said Lam and Hayes have been dating for almost two years after meeting and living together in Ottawa. Hayes, whose family is from the Toronto area, was said to be passionate about running. Lam grew up in Kingston, Ont., where her family still lives.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/new-zealand-search-for-missing-canadians-finds-woman-s-body-1.1861597

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 12:12:14 PM »
So sad for this young woman, just starting a new life and obviously she was very successful. Wondering why and whose idea it was to take this dangerous adventure to this area. So sad for the family. Hoping they do find Connor Hayes in their search of the area. :o :o :o :o

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2016, 12:41:56 PM »
http://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/1.2042983

OTTAWA MAN'S REMAINS FOUND IN NEW ZEALAND

HAAST, New Zealand - Police in New Zealand say they've found partial remains of a Canadian man whose vehicle went off a highway in the country three years ago.

25-year-old Connor Hayes and 24-year-old Joanna Lam were in a campervan near New Zealand's Haast Past in September 2013 when police say the vehicle was swept off a highway by a landslide.

Police say the Ottawa couple was killed in the crash.

Lam's body was recovered days later from a beach north of the tourist town of Haast, but Hayes was never found.

On Wednesday, New Zealand police announced that a hunter located a human thigh bone at the confluence of two rivers in August, which DNA analysis has confirmed is Hayes's.

Insp. Mel Aitken says the discovery prompted a new search of the Haast River this Sunday and a number of ``items of interest'' were recovered from the riverbed, but police have yet to confirm they belong to Hayes.

Aitken says anything believed to belong to Hayes, including bones, will eventually be released to his family in Canada.

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Re: Connor Hayes, 25, and Joanna Lam, 24 missing in New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2016, 01:01:48 PM »
So so sad! What a lovely couple embarking on a life journey and then tragedy strikes. RIP Connor and Joanna. :(

Even though they pulled over and stopped due to bad weather, a landslide is likely something they never thought of. :(