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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/13/2017 07:00 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/13/2017 08:54 PM
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Missing Pilot LeRoy Del Don and Beechcraft Airplane Located.

Mountain Ranch, CA...(Update...The Calaveras County Coroner's office has confirmed that the deceased male in the wreckage was LeRoy Del Don and that his family has been notified. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends) On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 around noon, a search team reported finding possible aircraft debris. Shortly after this discovery a crash site and aircraft was located around one mile south of the last known radar point of Missing pilot LeRoy Del Don. The area of the site was densely wooded and steep, and the aircraft appeared to have collided with one or more trees before coming to rest on a steep hillside. One deceased person was located in the wreckage.

Due to the condition of the wreckage, neither the aircraft nor occupant was positively identified as being the missing Beechcraft and Pilot LeRoy Del Don. However, circumstantial evidence indicated that the wreckage was that of the missing Beechcraft.

Investigators will remain on scene throughout the night and will work with National Transportation Safety Board upon their arrival tomorrow. This Board investigates major incidents involving aircraft.

Our condolences are with LeRoy Del Don’s family and friends.

We would like to thank the following Agencies involved in this massive search effort; Contra Costa, Alameda, Tuolumne, Amador, Placer, Mariposa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, and Solano County Sheriff’s Offices. As well as the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, California Highway Patrol, Civil Air Patrol, California National Guard, Airforce Rescue and Coordination Center, and the California State Office of Emergency Services.

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Sad Outcome
Posted on: 2017-06-13 19:07:54   By: Anonymous
R.I.P. Mr. LeRoy Del Don.
Thank you to all who assisted in this search.
Blessing of peace & love to all of his family & friends he leaves behind.

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    Re: Sad Outcome
    Posted on: 2017-06-13 19:14:08   By: Anonymous
    RIP and condolences to his family and friends. He left you doing what he loved.

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      Re: Sad Outcome
      Posted on: 2017-06-13 19:24:53   By: Anonymous
      Yep, getting close to 80 and still flying and doing what you love is a successful life. Very sad outcome and sad for his family but still makes me want to go take flying lessons and get up there. Fly on up to Heaven Leroy

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-13 19:14:09   By: Anonymous
Rest in peace.

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    Re: Through one door and enter another
    Posted on: 2017-06-13 21:00:50   By: Anonymous
    May The Lord whisk him to Heaven so he continue to enjoy the view from the clouds.

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So sorry
Posted on: 2017-06-13 20:19:25   By: Anonymous
So sorry to read this - seems to be so many small plane accidents lately. Prayers for strength to cope for his family and friends.

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    Re: So sorry
    Posted on: 2017-06-13 20:34:13   By: Anonymous
    Very nice posts. Just the pic says LeRoy was a keeper. Left life the way he would have chosen. Peace to his family..

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-13 21:10:59   By: Anonymous
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth...
Reached out my hand, and touched the face of God

Rest in peace

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-13 22:34:43   By: Anonymous
Not to mention our own Calaveras County Search and Rescue volunteers who were there throughout the entire search.

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Live by the plane...
Posted on: 2017-06-14 08:37:33   By: Anonymous

I hope, when MY times comes, that I am doing something that I really enjoy doing...

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