Clipped From The Daily Herald
Wreckage Of Plane Discovered SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (UPI) —The Civil Air Patrol and a sheriff's search party have found the wreckage of a light plane which disappeared nearly 17 years ago with four persons aboard. What was left of the single- engine Cessna 170 which left Los Angeles International .Airport March 2, 1957, bound for Palm Desert, Calif., was discovered at the 8,000-ft. level on the east slope of Mt. San Gorgonio, near Barton Flats. A sheriff's search party reached the almost inaccessible spot after the plane was sighted by a Civil Air Patrol pilot searching for another light craft missing since Oct. 8 on a flight from Mesa, Ariz, to Sacramento, Calif. Sheriff's Inspector Willard Farquahr, who led both the original search in 1957 and Thursday's ground party, said no one could have survived the crash in the area. "It looks to me like the plane hit hard and was torn to pieces," Farquahr said. "It appeared to have caught fire, but you are looking at something 17 years old and it's hard to tell." Bits of what appeared to be a human skull and a deteriorated wallet were found at the scene, authorities said. They noted • Uiere are many bears in the area. Aboard the plane when it took off were the pilot, Marjorie King, 35, Los Angeles, her mother, Marjorie Kumler, La Jolla, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wierdsma, of Kent, England.. An air and ground search was abandoned after 62 days in* 1957 when rescuers failed to find the wreckage. The plane the CAP was looking foe is a Beechcraft 33 piloted by John Morrison, believed to be from Sacramento. He was last heard from Oct. 8, when he radioed for weather information while over Lake Havasu City, Ariz.