Have you Seen Etienne Lemieux & Louis-Vincent Lessard? Canadian Students Missing from Queenstown/Te Anau

Etienne Lemieux & Louis-Vincent Lessard

Etienne Lemieux & Louis-Vincent Lessard were last seen in Queenstown on 6 July 2015

Etienne Lemieux and Louis-Vincent Lessard are two 23 year old French Canadians, students of the Université de Montréal Industrial Design.

Etienne Lemieux & Louis-Vincent_skiing

According to CBC News the men were last seen at The Base Backpackers Hostel in Queenstown on July 6. They checked in on July 5 and had booked in for one night only. The pair had bought bus tickets for Lake Te Anau and may have been headed for Fiordland.

Etienne Lemieux & Louis-Vincent Lessard in Queenstown

Etienne Lemieux & Louis-Vincent Lessard in Queenstown

CBC News reported Kelly Larsen, shift commander Kelly Larsen of the New Zealand Police in Queenstown said

They’d bought bus tickets to Lake Te Anau scheduled to depart July 6. Larsen said witnesses told police the two young men had talked about plans to trek on the Kepler Track, which she said is usually about a four-day walk through the mountains.

Lemieux and Lessard are not confirmed to have gone ahead with those travel plans.

If they did, they would have been met with snow and other harsh weather.

Larsen said most trails in New Zealand are self-guided. She said at this point there was no indication of an avalanche.

The two young men had travelled to New Zealand on an outdoor adventure trip. Their family reported them missing after they did not return on their scheduled flight back to Montreal. Larsen said one of the men’s father said it was out of character for his son to not contact him.

  • Lemieux is described as five feet 10 inches, weighing 185 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Lessard is five feet 10 inches, 175 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information please contact Detective Lisa Watt, Queenstown Otago Lakes, New Zealand Police. Tel office: 643 441 1600 Mobile : 6421 191 5361  lisa.watt@police.govt.nz. Or, leave a message on a Facebook page set up to find the men https://www.facebook.com/etiennelouisvincentmissing?