Blizzard claims four while attempting to cross US-Canada border

Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the scene where four people were found dead near the US-Canada border. Photograph: RCMP/AFP/Getty Images

Four people, including an infant, have been found dead near the Canada-United States border, following a failed crossing attempt during brutal blizzard conditions.

The grim discovery came as officials south of the border announced the arrest of a US man on human smuggling charges.

Officers discovered the bodies of a man, woman and baby close to the border partially buried in the snow. A young boy, believed to be in his teens, was found nearby.

The group is believed to have succumbed to the intense cold and punishing winds as they attempted to cross the border in an area where temperatures had recently dipped to -35C (-31F).

“These individuals, including an infant, were left on their own in the middle of a blizzard … These victims faced not only the cold weather but endless fields, large snowdrifts and complete darkness,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy told reporters Thursday.

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