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Body recovered from Canada landslide; 3 remain missing

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:33 AM EDT, Mon July 16, 2012
  • The body of Valentine John Webber was recovered Sunday, an official says
  • Three other people remain missing after Thursday's landslide
  • Webber was sitting down to breakfast with his daughters Thursday morning before slide

(CNN) -- Searchers have recovered the body of a man who was missing after a landslide last week in a remote mountainous area of British Columbia, an emergency official said Monday.

The body of Valentine John Webber was recovered Sunday afternoon, according to Bill Macpherson of the Regional District of Central Kootenay's emergency operations center.

Three other people remain unaccounted for, and Macpherson said the rescue operation has now transitioned into recovery mode.

Three homes were destroyed and several others damaged when the ground gave way just before noon Thursday in Johnsons Landing in the Kootenays, officials said.

Webber was the ex-husband of Lynn Migdal, a Delray Beach, Florida, chiropractor, a family friend told CNN on Friday. Webber and Migdal's daughters, Diana and Rachel Webber, were preparing to sit down with their father for breakfast Thursday in their home in Johnsons Landing, according to friend Bridget Finelli. That's the last time Migdal heard about her family's activities, Finelli said.

The steep slopes and mountainous terrain are home to a few permanent residents and various summer residents, according to Macpherson.

The area has been drenched by a record amount of rain during the past month, but it was not clear whether that was a factor in the tragedy, Macpherson said Friday. Geotechnical staff were trying to determine the landslide's cause.

CNN's Jackie Castillo and Jake Carpenter contributed to this report.

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