High school sweethearts Anita and Mirsad Hadzic were on their way home to Vancouver when they were caught in a mudslide on Highway 99.
Condolences and memories of three BC residents are circulating online after a fatal mudslide on Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet.
Relatives say a couple died in the landslide, tragically leaving behind a two-year-old girl.
High school sweethearts Anita and Mirsad Hadzic returned to Vancouver from a weekend getaway in the Okanagan. The couple stayed at the Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon and drove home on Nov. 15.
“Anita and Mirsad were the most wonderful parents. They were kind, hardworking and loved by so many,” reads a GoFundMe fundraiser.
According to the family, Anita was found in the vehicle on November 16. Search and rescue teams found Mirsad a few days later, on Nov. 19.
Two fundraisers have been organized for their toddler, who is now an orphan. She is taken care of by relatives.
“Mirsad and Anita were both lovely people, generous and loving individuals, supportive friends and most importantly, incredible parents who would have done anything for their daughter,” reads another. GoFundMe Page.
“This devastating loss is felt by so many who loved them dearly.”
Glacier Media has confirmed with GoFundMe that both fundraisers have been verified.
Steven Taylor, a father of four from Burnaby, was traveling on Nov. 15 when he died in the mudslide on Highway 99.
“Taylor was a force of nature both on and off the rugby pitch, always giving to our beloved sport that he loved very much,” said Dean Hopkins, a close friend of his.
Rugby Canada tweeted that it is saddened to hear of the passing of one of its own people.
“Steven was a father and committed member of the rugby community and our condolences go out to his family and everyone who knew him,” the organization said.
Taylor played for the Snowcaps Rugby Club in North Vancouver.
“He was well known in the rugby community in Calgary and Alberta as well as in BC. He touched the lives of not hundreds, thousands of people in his lifetime,” said Hopkins.
AN fundraiser was also founded to help his family.
Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP said a 61-year-old man from Lower Mainland was also found at the site. The search for the slide’s location in the Duffey Lake area has been called off, with one man still missing.
Police confirmed to Glacier Media that the missing person is a 36-year-old man from Peachland.
“These three men were among those we confirmed missing earlier this week,” Shoihet said.
Police say all current searches have been exhausted. Talks are underway about how and when the search for that one man should continue.
“We kept looking for another man; however, search efforts have been hampered by weather and location conditions,” Shoihet said. “Our thoughts remain with all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Police confirm that the area is still closed to motorists.
With files from the Canadian Press