DNA Links Bones Near Plane Crash Site to Fossett

MADERA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have positively identified two large bones found a half mile from the crash site of Steve Fossett's plane in California's Sierra Nevada as the adventurer's remains.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said Monday that DNA tests conducted by the state Department of Justice positively identified the bones as the remains of the millionaire aviator who disappeared last year.

Authorities found the bones last week. They also discovered Fossett's tennis shoes and Illinois driver's license, both with animal bite marks on them.

Anderson said Fossett would have died on impact. It's not unusual, he said, for animals to drag away remains.

Fossett vanished in September 2007 after taking off from a Nevada ranch owned by hotel magnate Barron Hilton.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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