Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
Remains Of Plane Crash Victims Removed Sheriffs men brought the remains of three members of the George Bechtel family off Cucamonga peak yesterday. Members of the mountain rescue team had to break apart the wreckage of the plane which crashed in 1956 to remove the skeletons of the South Gate busi ncss man. his wife and 12-year- old daughter. Sgt. Charles M. iPete) Petrovich, who led the nine-man team in the mission, said that credit cards and personal effects found in the wreckage confirm the identification of the Bechtel family. The wreckage was on the finger of a ridge running out from Day Canyon. Donald S. iBud' Mauldi, another member of the team, said the wreckage was about 500 feet tfown from the top of the ridge. Petrovich said there was evidence that the plane had hit higher on the ledge and recently slid to its present position. After salvaging everything possible and photographing t h c wreckage, the plane was broken apart and dropped down into the canyon so as not to be seen by air rescue teams in future search operations. The remains were turned over to the office of Coroner R. E. Williams.