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May 12, 2014 12:16 pm

Earlier story: Wreckage of missing plane found on North Fork

Written by Tribune Staff

Park County Search and Rescue personnel found the wreckage of small, single-engine aircraft on a North Fork mountain Monday morning.

The plane – believed to have been occupied by 84-year-old pilot Robert L. Zimmerman and his brother, 86-year-old Ward Zimmerman of Seattle – is located in a steep ravine, about four and a half miles south of the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp and U.S. Highway 14-16-20 West. The conditions of the plane's occupants were unknown as of midday Monday, said Park County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lance Mathess.

The Zimmermans reportedly tried to fly from Cody to Twin Falls, Idaho, on May 6. Family members reported the brothers as overdue on Saturday. Radar data used by the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center had indicated the Zimmermans' 1963 Mooney M20C crashed in the area where its wreckage was found Monday.

Mathess said the plane was found to have heavy front-end damage and with one wing torn from the plane. He said search and rescue personnel were working on a way to reach the aircraft; it's surrounded by unstable snow that has so far prohibited searchers from reaching the site, Mathess said at midday Monday.

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