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Occupants aboard missing helicopter ID’d

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Apr 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-08 08:05:29-04

EMERY COUNTY --The two occupants aboard a missing helicopter found dead in Southeastern Utah were identified as Robin Venuti and his brother-in-law Albert Rubio.

Venuti, 38, of Washington City, was the pilot.

Venuti and Rubio, 36, of Beaver, left from the Green River area Sunday afternoon to search for Elk Antler sheds.

Venuti's brother to FOX 13 News that Venuti was an excellent pilot and can't imagine what happened.

The aircraft was reported overdue Sunday evening and was located Monday afternoon by a helicopter for the Department of Public Safety in the Range Creek area in Emery County.

Many of the family members of the victims are part of the aviation community and brought their own helicopters to help in the search, according the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

It is unknown what caused the helicopter to go down but the crash site was located in a remote, steep area that is hard to get to by foot, officials said.

A cause could take serveral weeks to determine.

Venuti leaves behind a wife and small children.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.