Federal investigators say they have found remains amid the wreckage of a missing adventurer's airplane in the mountains of eastern California.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that searchers found enough at the crash site of Steve Fossett's plane to provide coroners with DNA.
Searchers found the wreckage of Fossett's plane in California's rugged Sierra Nevada just over a year after the millionaire adventurer vanished on a solo flight, and the craft appears to have hit the mountainside head-on, authorities said Thursday.
Most of the fuselage disintegrated on impact, and the engine was found hundreds of feet away at an elevation of 9,700 feet, authorities said.
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Fossett, 63, disappeared Sept. 3, 2007, after taking off in a plane he borrowed from a Nevada ranch owned by hotel magnate Barron Hilton. A judge declared Fossett legally dead in February following a widespread search.
Peggy Fossett said the discovery of the plane's wreckage may bring her some relief after enduring more than a year of uncertainty about her husband's fate.
“I prefer to think about Steve's life rather than his death and celebrate his many extraordinary accomplishments,” she said.