Bones Found A Half-Mile From Sierra Nevada Crash Site
Another piece of the puzzle
surrounding the death of storied adventurer Steve Fossett has come
together. Authorities confirmed Monday that DNA testing of two
bones found last week near the wreckage of Fossett's plane were
positively identified as his remains.
The Associated Press reports the California Department of
Justice conducted the tests on the remains, found approximately
one-half mile from where
the wreckage of the Bellanca Decathlon piloted by Fossett
was located October 2.
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson did not state what bones
were discovered, out of respect to Fossett's widow, Peggy, and his
family. Anderson stated in earlier reports the location of the
bones indicated the remains had been dragged from the accident site
In a statement thanking authorities for their work, Peggy
Fossett said revelations over the last month should put an end to
any rumors that Fossett staged his own death.
"I am hopeful that the DNA identification puts a definitive end
to all of the speculation surrounding Steve's death," she said.
"This has been an incredibly difficult time for me, and I am
thankful to everyone who helped bring closure to this tragedy."
As ANN reported, Fossett disappeared after
taking off from a ranch near Yerlington, NV on a Labor Day 2007
pleasure flight. A massive 20,000 square-mile search effort by law
enforcement, federal search crews and private teams failed to turn
up any sign of Fossett, or his airplane.
Hiker Preston Morrow came across three pieces of identification
-- including Fossett's FAA pilot identification card, and his
Soaring Society of America membership ID -- as well as $1005 during
a September 29 off-trail hike near Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Authorities believe Fossett was killed when his plane impacted a
Sierra peak near 10,000 feet MSL.