Body found in search for Canadians

04:34, Sep 20 2013
Missing Canadian couple
Joanna Lam with her brother Jeffrey.
Missing Canadian couple
Joanna Lam and Connor Hayes.
Missing Canadian couple
Joanna Lam and Connor Hayes.
Missing Canadian couple
Hayes and Lam were last seen at Fox Glacier on September 10.
Haast slip
This slip is believed to be the one which swept away the van during a storm.
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The chassis of the missing rental van was found on a rock in Haast River.
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Wreckage of the van rented by Canadian tourists Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam in the Haast River.
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Joanna Lam, 24, is feared killed in the slip.
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West Coast area commander Inspector John Canning briefs the media about the missing canadian tourists in the Haast river.
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Canadian couple Joanna Lam, 24, and Connor Hayes, 25, on St Patrick's Day.

Searchers looking for missing Canadian tourists Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam have recovered a woman's body from a West Coast beach.

Police believe the body is that of Lam, but that would not be confirmed until formal identification has been completed.

Searchers have not seen any sign of her companion.

The couple had not been seen since their rented campervan was hit by a slip in stormy conditions and plunged off the road into the Haast River more than a week ago.

The body was discovered about 2.30pm on the stretch of beach between Haast and Knights Point, very close to where the fuel tank from their vehicle was recovered earlier in the week.

Next of kin have been advised.

Wild weather on the West Coast had dramatically scaled down the search effort for the missing pair.

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