Bones match DNA of Beaver Creek’s Fossett
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK ” Two bones found about a half mile from Steve Fossett’s plane match the Beaver Creek resident’s DNA, the Madera (Calif.) County Sheriff’s Office says.
Fossett, an adventurer who lived part-time in Beaver Creek, vanished in September 2007 after taking off from a Nevada ranch owned by hotel magnate Barron Hilton during what was supposed to be a short pleasure flight. Authorities have said Fossett slammed into an eastern California mountainside at about 10,000 feet and probably died instantly.
His plane was found Oct. 1.
“What his family has wanted for over a year now, what his family has needed, is closure,” Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said.
The bones were found when searchers hiked into the rugged terrain on Oct. 29. During the five-hour search, the crews found credit cards, an Illinois Driver’s license, cash, clothing and a pair of tennis shoes.
Fossett’s disappearance more than a year ago spurred a huge search that covered 20,000 square miles, cost millions of dollars and included the use of infrared technology.
Fossett made a fortune in the Chicago commodities market and gained worldwide fame for setting records in high-tech balloons, gliders, jets and boats. In 2002, he became the first person to circle the world solo in a balloon.
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