Sûreté du Québec (SQ) divers found two bodies around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in Rivière-Éternité, Que., near the landslide that occurred Saturday.
“Everything leads us to believe that they are the man and woman who were still missing,” SQ spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said.
The coroner will identify the bodies, which were found on the banks of Rivière-Éternité. The river swelled up to four times its size due to torrential rains this past weekend.
For several days they had been looking for two people who were swept away by a landslide on Notre-Dame Street, which leads to the Fjord-Saguenay National Park. They were clearing the road, which was suddenly damaged by the storm.
Great search efforts
Helicopters, a nautical team, divers, all-terrain vehicles and personnel specialized in ground operations were deployed to the site, as well as a dozen volunteers from the Association Québécoise des bénévoles en recherche et sauvetage (AQBRS).
One of the missing people is Pascale Racine, a 44-year-old woman from Quebec City. Her husband, who was with her during the torrential rains, was hospitalized with serious injuries. Family members confirmed the news to Radio-Canada on Tuesday.
However, the identity of the second person wanted by the authorities was unknown. They have only revealed that it is a man in his forties.