(BREWSTER, Wash.) — Crews searching for a missing plane in Washington located wreckage in the area where a teen survivor emerged, the state Department of Transportation said.
Aerial searchers spotted the wreckage Tuesday but were not able to reach the heavily wooded site before nightfall, authorities said, and the search for the plane will resume Wednesday morning.
At this point, no identification has been made of the plane or the two missing occupants.
A survivor from the crash, Autumn Veatch, 16, was released Tuesday evening from Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. She had emerged in the woods in Mazama, Washington Monday, two days after the plane took off from Kalispell, Montana.
Veatch was picked up by a motorist at a campsite in Washington state and driven to a local store where an employee called 911 and handed her the phone.
“I don’t know where we crashed and I was the only one that made it out,” Autumn, 16, told the 911 operator after identifying herself and spelling her last name.
“I have a lot of burns on my hands and I’m kind of covered in bruises and scratches and stuff,” she said when asked about her injuries.
Police arrived at the Mazama Store in Mazama, Washington, and Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers told ABC News the responding sergeant said the teen was cold and wet when he arrived — believed to be a result of her crossing a river during the trek through the forest to find help.
Her father is expected to bring the teen back to her home state of Montana as police and law enforcement search for her step-grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, who were also in the plane with her as they traveled from Kalispell, Montana, to Lynden, Washington.
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