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Plane wreckage, body found in rural eastern Yavapai County

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CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a plane crash discovered when a rancher found wreckage in a rural area of eastern Yavapai County.

A rancher on Friday reported finding the wreckage of a single-engine plane and a body at the crash site southeast of the junction of Interstate 17 and State Route 169, the county Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

The remains weren’t immediately identified but the rancher described the crash wreckage as apparently a “couple of days old,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

No additional information was immediately available about the plane, its point of departure or its planned destination.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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