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New Zealand: Last of White Island volcano victims identified

Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 17, 2019
An Australian teenager and a tour guide from New Zealand are the two people whose bodies have still not been found after last week's volcanic eruption on White Island.
White Island in New Zealand
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Police believe the remains of Winona Langford, 17, from Sydney, and Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, are in the waters around the island, but officials called off a search because storms were forecast.

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At least 18 people were killed in the eruption, and police have completed the identification of the victims.

The names of three other people who died in the eruption have been released: they are Richard Elzer, 32, and Julie Richards, 47 both from Australia and a U.S. citizen based in Sydney, 49-year-old Barbara Hollander.

"I don't think any one of us can begin to imagine what those families are facing in the coming weeks and months," said Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne.

"Here in places like Auckland, in Sydney, we're surrounded by Christmas and celebration, but they face tragedy and devastation.