Bones found near Fossett's plane: report
AFP - Saturday, November 1
WASHINGTON (AFP) - - US investigators in California looking into the disappearance of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett have found bones and other personal items near to where his mangled plane was discovered, a report said on Friday.
Bones, a pair of sports shoes, credit cards and Steve Fossett's Illinois state driver's license were found about half a mile (800 metres) from the spot where his plane was found at the beginning of October, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The skeletal remains, which are believed to be human, were sent to a state crime laboratory for DNA testing, said Madera County Sheriff John Anderson. Officials hope to receive the results by early next week, the report said.
Fossett, who set more than 100 records during a thrill-seeking career, disappeared in September 2007 after taking off on a solo flight from a private airstrip in Nevada.
Despite a massive month-long search of rugged wilderness, no trace of his plane was found until October when a hiker stumbled on identity cards belonging to Fossett in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
A fragment of bone was recovered from the plane wreckage but no trace of Fossett's body has been confirmed at the site, a densely forested and rocky area home to bears and mountain lions.
Wildlife experts and police have speculated that wild animals may have devoured the aviator's remains.
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