Missing plane found in central Utah

Posted at 3:16 PM, Dec 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-02 23:16:11-05

SEVIER COUNTY, Utah – A plane that went missing on Nov. 25 has been located by the Utah Dept. of Public Safety.

The missing plane left Bakersfield, Calif., on Nov. 25, and stopped in Fillmore, Utah, on its way to Gillette, Wyo.

When the plane an its three occupants – Matthew Ahrens, 37, of Bakersfield, Calif.; Trista Meyer, 34, and her daughter Shyann Lenz, 9, both from Rozet, Wyo. – didn’t arrive in Wyoming, officials were notified on Nov. 26 and the Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol began searching for the plane.

With information provided by the Civil Air Patrol, the Utah Dept. of Public Safety, the Millard County Sheriff’s Office and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office located the missing airplane in the north fork of Chalk Creek in northwest Sevier County at around 8 a.m. Sunday.

All three of the plane’s occupants and two dogs were found dead at the scene.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.