LOYALTON, Calif. — Mark Richard and Brenda Richard were missing for the last more than a month. The two were travelling in a small plane and went missing. No one heard about them for the last five weeks, since they disappeared.
After extensive search to locate them, the search was abandoned and many thought that the two might never be located. There is no denying the fact that that the disappearance of their aircraft had become a mystery of sorts for police and authorities alike.
A CBSNews report says that authorities have finally found the wreckage of a small plane buried in snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California and the bodies of a couple missing for more than a month inside it. Sierra County sheriff’s officials say a snowmobiler found a piece of the plane’s tail near Yuba Pass.
Reports suggest that the officials finally found the separated cockpit buried in 6 to 7 feet of snow on Thursday. The bodies of the two missing people were found inside. The single engine plane departed April 17 from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport near the Nevada border.
Media reports claim that the relatives of the couple from Santa Rosa missing after the plane did not land as planned at the Petaluma Municipal Airport north of San Francisco. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper reported that the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
A report in the PressDemocrat said that last month the search for the couple was suspended. “Authorities believe the white-and-blue single-engine Socata TB-20 Trinidad crashed in the snow somewhere in a 400-square-mile stretch of backcountry in Sierra County, 18 miles northwest of Truckee. The rough location of the plane was determined by radar and cellphone data”, the report said.
“The Richards’ plane was equipped with an emergency locater transmitter, said Kathy Johnson of the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization affiliated with the U.S. Air Force. In most circumstances the device would send signals, even if the plane had crashed into a deep ravine, Johnson said, but for an unknown reason the transmitter failed” PressDemocrat report went on to add.