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Couple found dead after missing plane located in Sierra

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A plane reported missing in the snow-covered Sierra in April has been located in a remote area of Sierra County.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that two people were found dead aboard a downed aircraft located Tuesday. They were subsequently identified as Brenda Jane Richard, 53, and Mark Steven Richard, 54, whose plane was reported missing en route from Truckee to Petaluma.

The aircraft, a Socata TB-20 Trinidad, departed the Truckee-Tahoe Airport on April 17 with Brenda Richard, the reported pilot, and Mark Richard on board. The Richards were bound for the Petaluma Airport but never reached their destination.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office launched a search April 18. Several agencies from California and Nevada conducted an extensive search for several days before suspending the effort after finding no evidence of the aircraft.

On Tuesday, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office responded to report of an airplane crash in a remote area southeast of Yuba Pass, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The crash site was located and the Sheriff’s Office was able to determine that the plane was the missing aircraft.

A subsequent investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and federal agencies confirmed that two people were aboard the plane. Both were found dead and later identified as Brenda and Mark Richards, the news release said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy