The wreckage of a small airplane returning to the Sacramento area from Idaho was found in a rugged area of the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.
Searchers discovered the wreckage in the Desolation Wilderness southwest of Lake Schmidell. A man’s body was found outside the plane. The Sheriff’s Office said the coroner would have to identify the remains.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the missing single-engine Cessna, manufactured in 1960, is registered to Tyrell Kremer of Wilton.
The plane was reported missing Saturday evening, but a search was called off Sunday and Monday because of stormy weather.
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The Sierra Nevada and much of Northern California were hit with heavy rain and gusty winds the last few days. Snow fell on mountain passes and flash-flood warnings were in effect in areas burned by recent wildfires.