Police call off search for missing victims of White Island eruption

Police in New Zealand called off the search for two bodies still missing after the White Island volcano.

The eruption on White Island earlier this month killed 19 people, including two people who were never found.

It’s thought the bodies of Winona Jane Langford, 17, and Hayden Bryan Marshall-Inman, 40, are in the water off the island.

Police said their decision “follows extensive shoreline and substantial aerial searches”.

But despite those searches, “no further items of significance have been located”.

“The families of the two missing people have been informed of this decision,” said Superintendent Andy McGregor. “Police remain ready to respond if new information comes to light.”

The eruption on popular White Island happened on the 9th of December.

There were 47 people on the island, with 24 from Australia, nine from the US, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from China, two from the UK, and one from Malaysia.

Last week, police released the names of 17 victims – all of them from Australia, New Zealand, or the US.

They said Mr Marshall-Inman, a local tour guide, and Ms Langford, who was visiting the island with her family from Sydney, were missing but presumed dead.

The eruption killed Ms Langford’s parents, Anthony and Kristine, but her brother, Jesse, survived.