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Missing Alberta couple found dead in Jasper National Park after falling from steep bank, RCMP say

The bodies of Matthew Kozak, 32, and Zabrina Ferrier, 25, not seen since Friday, were recovered Wednesday.

Matthew Kozak, 32, and Zabrina Paige Ferrier, 25, had not been seen since Friday

Matthew Kozak and Zabrina Ferrier were reported missing last weekend. Their vehicle was found in a parking lot on the Mount Edith Cavell Road in Jasper National Park. (Rhonda Francis/Facebook)

The search for an Alberta couple, missing since Friday, has ended in tragedy.

The bodies of Matthew Kozak, 32, and Zabrina Ferrier, 25, were recovered Wednesday morning in the Verdant Pass area of Jasper National Park.

"It is believed the couple were hiking and succumbed to their injuries after falling from a steep bank in the area," Killam RCMP wrote in a news release.

Parks Canada staff located their bodies at 6 p.m. a day earlier but had to delay recovery efforts given the remote location and lack of daylight.

Jasper RCMP and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are continuing to investigate.  

Kozak and Ferrier were from Galahad, Alta., a small hamlet 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.

The search for the two started on Monday after Kozak didn't show up for work in the morning.

Police said Kozak was last seen at work in Forestburg on Friday. Ferrier was last seen in Galahad the same day.

The two had been known to use the Mount Edith Cavell Road trails over the summer.

Their Hyundai Kona was located in the parking lot near the trails, RCMP said Monday.

Michael Kozak said his brother and Ferrier had done a lot of hiking and camping over the summer, including in backcountry areas.

"I wish they would have told somebody where they were going, what was going on, because it seemed like they just did a spur of the moment trip," he said Tuesday. "[They were] just thinking of going for a hike and weren't expecting anything bad to happen and we're praying that's the case."

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