Hiker Brings 'Closure' for Fossett Widow

Calif. man fields thanks from Branson before fleeing spotlight
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2008 3:17 PM CDT
A search party hikes to the site of the plane crash in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Searchers found the wreckage of Steve Fossett's plane in California's rugged Sierra Nevada.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The widow of adventurer Steve Fossett, whose wrecked plane was found this week in the Sierra Nevada mountains, reached out personally yesterday to the hiker who played the key role in the discovery, the LA Times reports. Peggy Fossett thanked outdoorsman and sporting-goods salesman Preston Morrow for the chance to “bring to closure a very painful chapter in my life.”

“This is beyond the realm of anything imaginable,” Morrow said, of the media attention surrounding his discovery of Fossett’s personal documents near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. “I personally don't like it, but I will say I'm happy I found what I found.” Morrow also received a personal call from Fossett friend Sir Richard Branson. He plans to take a vacation to an undisclosed location.