Plane Found

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities now believe four people have been killed in a single-engine plane crash near Telluride. They originally said three people were killed. But San Miguel County Coroner Bob Dempsey says evidence, including travel documents and family statements, leads him to conclude that four people were aboard.

Dempsey says only one body is identifiable, which is presumed to be of passenger Kristen Kirkley of Dallas. The other victims' remains were scattered and unidentifiable.

An autopsy is planned on Kirkley, who is 26-year-old. Dempsey says he's unsure how the others would be identified, but DNA testing could play a part.

Investigators say the four-seat Beechcraft C-33 Debonair was headed from Addison, Texas to Telluride for a music festival. Searchers found the wreckage Sunday morning.

The other victims are presumed to be 27-year-old pilot Mark Cochran of Dallas, and passengers 25-year-old Brendan Culvert of Bellaire, Texas, and 25-year-old James Flanagin of Houston.

The plane was found on the slopes of 14,017-foot Wilson Peak which is located in southwestern Colorado.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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