CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP/STAFF) – Authorities have recovered the bodies of four East Texas men killed in a plane crash in the mountains of Wyoming. The bodies were removed at mid-afternoon Friday when the recovery team was lowered to the wreckage from a helicopter.
Searchers looked for the plane for almost two days before they found the wreckage of the single-engine Piper plane toward sunset Thursday. Albany County officials said Friday those killed were Charles Ford, 52, and James Morgan, 29, both of Marshall; Maverick Cayce, 21, of Longview; and Billy Gee, 65, of Karnack. Their bodies were taken to the Albany County Coroner’s Office, where autopsies were to be performed.
The plane had taken off from Marshall and was due in Casper Tuesday evening. The plane went missing in foggy weather. A pilot spotted the wreckage on Laramie Peak in a remote area of southeast Wyoming.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Allen Kenitzer, spokesman for the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region, said a preliminary report could come within a couple of weeks.