Bodies recovered in Verdant Pass area believed to be missing couple in JNP

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Zabrina Paige Ferrier (left) and Matthew Kozak were reported missing Sept. 19 and their vehicle, a Hyundai Kona, was later located parked on the Edith Cavell Road.

Two bodies were recovered in the Verdant Pass area in Jasper National Park, and are believed to be recently reported missing couple, Matthew Kozak and Zabrina Paige Ferrier.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday night, Sept. 22, Parks Canada Visitor Safety personnel utilizing a helicopter located the two bodies, but given the remote location and the loss of daylight, recovery efforts could not be completed at that time.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Jasper RCMP, along with Parks Canada Visitor Safety personnel, recovered the bodies.

It is believed the couple were hiking and succumbed to their injuries after falling from a steep bank in the area.

Family members have been advised and police are asking media to respect their need for privacy during this difficult time.

Jasper RCMP along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continue to investigate. No further updates are anticipated.

Kozak, 32, and Ferrier, 25, were reported missing on Saturday, Sept. 19, and their Hyundai Kona vehicle was later found at the Mount Edith Cavell Road trails.

According to other news reports, the two were last heard from on Saturday afternoon and friends and family believe they were hiking the Edith Cavell trail in the Jasper area.

Family also stated that the couple recently took an interest in hiking this summer, but normally let someone know where they are headed.

Kozak was last seen at work in Forestburg, Alta. on Sept. 18, and Ferrier was last seen in Galahad, Alta. on Sept. 18. 

Killam RCMP asked for the public’s assistance in locating the two individuals.

According to police reports, the couple has often been to the Mount Edith Cavell Road trails. The report stated that Kozak had hiking gear and a tent in his possession.

*An update about the recovery of the bodies was released late Wednesday, Sept. 23, after the Hinton Voice press deadline.