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Missing ATV couple found dead

UPDATE: The bodies of the two missing ATVers were found over a steep embankment off Oyama Road Friday.

The incident is being investigated, and further details will be released as they become available.

Update, Saturday 10 am: A decision to take an all terrain vehicle ride at night, in unfamiliar territory, proved a fatal mistake for a couple who met their demise Friday night in Lake County back country.

The couple, both of whom are said to be 30 years of age, took the fateful ride at about 10 p.m from a residence on Middle Bench Road in Lake Country.

"They went for a ride on an ATV at night," explained Rob Braun, the search manager for Central Okanagan Search and Rescue.

The ride took the couple through rugged territory through which a main forestry road passes and which they were driving on. However, with the darkness and the unfamiliarity of the country, it was a bad combination.

"There are sharp, tight corners," said Braun, adding "How they were driving is probably an issue."

According to Braun, the couple's vehicle went off a hairpin turn and both they and the vehicle dropped about 50 vertical feet and ended up about 150 feet from the road surface. All evidence points to an instantaneous death for both.

"There was nothing to indicate that they tried to move afterwards," said Braun.

RCMP are continuing their investigation into the fatal incident and are not releasing names of the couple, nor where they reside until family members have been notified.

 Anyone with information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300

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