Deceased ATV riders in Oyama identified

A man and a woman, both 30, had gone for a ride on a quad to the Oyama Lake Road lookout

UPDATE: The B.C. Cornoner Service has identified the two individuals who died July 18 in Oyama.

An all-terrain vehicle left Oyama Lake Road and crashed down an embankment, killing Joshua Mitchel Hoffart, 30, of Lake Country, and Maria Casandra Karountzos, 30, of Creston.

The B.C. Coroner Service says the pair went down a 30-metre embankment on the ATV they were riding.

The B.C. Coroner Service and RCMP continue to investigate the accident.

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Two people missing in the Lake Country area have been found deceased.

A man and a woman, both 30, had gone for a ride on a quad to the Oyama Lake Road lookout Thursday at 9 p.m. However, they did not return and a search began.

On Friday at 2:50 p.m., Kelowna Search and Rescue located the quad in a ravine on Oyama Lake Road.

“The persons were located and were fatally injured,” said Cpl. Barbara Holley, with the Lake Country RCMP detachment.

An RCMP press release had stated that the couple were unfamiliar with the area.

The ATV accident remains under investigation and the B.C. Coroner Service is now involved in the case.

Besides Kelowna Search and Rescue, the search involved the RCMP and the Lake Country Fire Department.