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Travel Instagrammer dies after calling boyfriend to say she was lost on mountain

She called her boyfriend about an hour after posting a photo of the summit to her Instagram.


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Jan 17, 2021   Updated on Jan 17, 2021, 9:19 am CST

Nikki Donnelly, a young woman from Ontario, died after snowshoeing in the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver. 

Donnelly, 21, was an avid traveler who frequently documented her trips via Instagram, where she boasted nearly 4,000 followers. 

According to the Huffington Post, Donnelly’s body was removed from a steep gully Friday morning following an overnight search. She was transported back to the base of the North Shore Rescue, and medical staff pronounced her dead. 

Authorities say Donnelly called her boyfriend to report she was lost on Thursday—about an hour after reportedly posting a picture of the summit to her Instagram. Her phone lost connection after the call.

Officials also say Donnelly was not fully equipped to spend the night on the mountain. She reportedly had a small backpack and black winter coat on.

“Our thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends, as well with all the responders and search teams to the St. Mark’s area last night and today,” Sgt. Sascha Banks said in a statement, CTV News reports. “Please know this: if you are in the backcountry and need help, call 911 – ourselves and our very experienced search teams will do everything we can to find you.”

Squamish RCMP are working with the BC Coroners Service to determine all the facts surrounding Donnelly’s death.

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*First Published: Jan 17, 2021, 9:14 am CST