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MH17 couple’s remains formally identified

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Victorian couple Maree and Albert Rizk are the latest Australians to have been formally identified after the MH17 tragedy.

• The Australian faces of MH17

The Sunbury couple’s remains will soon be coming home to their children as authorities continue working to identify other victims.

Mr Rizk, a well-known real estate agent, and his wife had been returning from a four-week trip around Europe when their plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

James and Vanessa, the adult children of the Rizks, released a short statement to media on Sunday night.

“We wish to thank all those who have helped identify our parents, Maree and Albert, whom we miss so dearly,” they said.

“Our thoughts are also with all the families affected by this tragedy. We look forward now to the return of our parents and hope that all the families will soon have their loved ones returned to them.”

The Rizks are the second Victorian couple to be identified – last week, Mary and Gerry Menke of Mallacoota became the first Australians to be officially identified amongst the plane’s 298 passengers.

Families of victims are being offered flights to the Netherlands in order to accompany their remains on the trip home.