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Pueblo Plane Crash Victims Identified

By: KKTV/Associated Press Email
By: KKTV/Associated Press Email

The Custer County coroner tells 11 News the two men killed in the plane that crashed in the San Isabel National Forest have been identified. The bodies of Pueblo County Sheriff Captain Leide DeFusco and retired Pueblo Police Captain John Barger were recovered Saturday morning.

Search crews found the wreckage of the missing plane that disappeared Friday morning.

The plane was found near the Green Horn Mountain area at 7:11 p.m. Flight for Life spotted the smoke and used that as a beacon to find the crash site. The two men were doing surveillance in the area where an illegal marijuana farm was found.

The site of the crash was found in a terrain that was very difficult to access, located just north of Cisneros Trail in the San Isabel National Forest in Custer County.

The Sheriff's Office lost communication with the men at 9:40 a.m.

In a statement given to the media present at the Rye High School in Rye, Colo., Sheriff Taylor said, “Both men were close personal friends of mine and both were Law Enforcement professionals. One was a retired Pueblo Police Department Officer and the other a current member of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.”

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirms the single-engine Piper Super Cruiser was hired by the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office focused their search in the San Isabel National Forest. Fremont County and Custer County search and rescue teams also helped in the search.

The National Transportation & Safety Board (NTSB) has been notified and are in the process of starting their investigation.


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