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Searchers Find Human Remains in Fossett Plane

Authorities hope to identify missing millionaire adventurer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 7:54 PM CDT
Searchers Find Human Remains in Fossett Plane
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson holds a topographic map showing the site of a plane crash during a news conference at the Mammoth Lakes Airport on Thursday.   (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Kim Komenich)

(Newser) – Searchers have found human remains in the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett's plane, Reuters reports. No official confirmation has come yet, but the find is all but sure to end the mystery of Fossett's disappearance more than a year ago on a solo flight from Nevada. His plane, along with money and documents such as Fossett's pilot license, had been found earlier on the remote California mountain.

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The plane apparently slammed head first into the mountain, and it could be months or more before investigators have a better idea of what happened. "It looks like a very high impact crash," said a spokeswoman for the Mono County Sheriff's Department. Friends said Fossett, 63, had taken off on a simple pleasure ride. (Read more Steve Fossett stories.)

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