Report: Deputies Find Body At Crash Site

This file shot shows the view from the Barnhardt Trail. The plane wreckage was found northwest of the trailhead.

This file shot shows the view from the Barnhardt Trail. The plane wreckage was found northwest of the trailhead. |

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Update: While officials won't confirm the wreckage found south of town is the plane that went missing last night, they say they have found a body at the crash site. Deputies hiked up to the plane around 1 p.m. today and are currently photography the scene and collecting evidence, said GCSO Lt. Tim Scott. The missing plane reportedly only had one occupant.

Officials believe they have spotted the wreckage of a twin-engine airplane that disappeared from the skies last night.

The plane was reportedly flying from Holbrook to Phoenix when it vanished from radar about 6:30 p.m., said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

At roughly 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Department of Public Safety helicopter out of Phoenix spotted the wreckage of an aircraft in the Mazatzal Wilderness, northwest of the Barnhardt Trail near the Gila and Yavapai County line.

The sheriff’s office plans to fly two deputies to the site of the wreckage, located at roughly 7,000 feet.

“This will take some time due to the winter storm that passed through the area last night and snowed on the aircraft and scene,” Scott said. “The deputies will be dropped off by Ranger below the crash scene and work their way up to the scene and begin the investigation process.”

It is unknown if anyone survived the crash.

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