Two more bodies spotted near Italian avalanche debris field

With the help of drones, two bodies were discovered at the edge of a debris field created by a chunk of ice the size of a residential building that broke free over the weekend, bringing the confirmed death toll in the disaster to nine.

Trento provincial president Maurizio Fugatti told reporters on Wednesday night about the discovery in the spa town of Canazei, at the foot of the glacier-capped Marmolada mountain.

Five people who had hiked were missing. However, authorities stressed that until the two bodies located by drones are identified, it will not be clear if they belong to the five whose families said they never returned from the mountain.

Conditions downhill from the glacier are still too unstable for searchers and dogs to work on the mountain, officials say.

All missing are Italians. So far, four of the nine dead have been identified.

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