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Police look into found plane piece

Oct 4, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office is investigating an airplane tail section found Wednesday in the Willow Creek drainage area near Jeffrey City.

Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said the wreckage appears to be decades old.

"We are thinking it possibly occurred in the 1950s just by what we are seeing," Lee said, adding, "We don't have any direct knowledge that was what occurred."

Lee said a Fremont County citizen made the discovery and reported it to authorities at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The individual described the find as "rusted and maybe older," according to the sheriff's office dispatch log.

"The tail is of a small aircraft with a complete tail number attached," Lee said. "We're working with the (Federal Aviation Administration) as well. They have the tail number and are in the process of looking through their archives."

Officers are also contacting residents in the area to see if they know what happened.

"We just want to make sure it's not something that went undiscovered a number of years ago," Lee said.

Lee anticipated more information to be released later Thursday or Friday morning.

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