More victims identified from fatal mudslides near Lilloet, B.C.

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A Vancouver couple travelling home from a weekend getaway to British Columbia’s Okanagan have been identified as the latest victims of a fatal mudslide that swept over a B.C. highway Nov. 15.

Anita and Mirsad Hadzic were driving home when they were caught in the slide on Highway 99, also known as Duffy Lake Road, south of Lillooet, a town about 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

Family friend Ali Azodi, who described Mirsad Hadzic, as ‘like a brother,’ said the couple leave behind a two-year-old daughter.

The Duffy Lake slide is one of dozens of mudslides that took out major roads in southwestern British Columbia during a torrential rainstorm last weekend.

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Authorities have recovered four bodies from the debris, while a fifth man remains missing.

‘Kind, hardworking and loved’

Two fundraising campaigns have been set up, paying tribute to the couple.

“Anita and Mirsad were the most wonderful parents,’ said one fundraiser established to raise money to care for the child. “They were kind, hardworking and loved by so many.”

“This devastating loss is felt by so many who loved them dearly,” said a notice on the other fundraiser.

Earlier Sunday, another missing man killed in the mudslide was identified as Steven Taylor.

Steven Taylor, pictured, was described by friends as a passionate rugby player. (Submitted by Dean Hopkins)

Taylor, who was from originally from Calgary, moved to Vancouver a year ago with his three children and wife.

He was active in the rugby community.

4 accounted for, 1 still missing

On Saturday RCMP announced that the search at the Duffy Lake slide area had concluded after the bodies of three men were recovered, while one missing man remains unaccounted for.

Police confirmed that a woman’s body was recovered from the slide on Nov. 16.

“All current search efforts have been exhausted and discussions are underway as to how and when, best to proceed,” said a release from RCMP on Saturday.

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The bodies of four people have been recovered following a mudslide on Highway 99 near Lillooet, B.C. Meanwhile, cleanup efforts continue in areas hit hard by flooding — with members of the Canadian Armed Forces dispatched to assist. 2:01

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