Plane found nearly 21 years after crash

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A small plane believed to have gone missing more than 20 years ago has been found deep in some Michigan woods.

“No one had obviously traversed the areas for decades.” 

That forester’s chance discovery led police and K9 units into those woods more than a mile hike uphill. 

“The tail number matched a plane that had been missing for 21 years.”

Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait says over the years there have been many other searches by air over these exact woods.

The landscape is likely what kept this plane hidden for so long. 

“The plane is white and we have outcroppings of limestone, so it might have been blended in that way, so were not quite sure,” said Sheriff Strait. “It’s in a very remote area of the county surrounded by swamp land and heavily forested areas.”

Drummond Island Airport Manager James Beiley is the last person to see the Davies alive almost 21 years ago. 

“Mark and Janet they used to fly up here. I knew them because I run the airport,” said Bailey. 

Although he’s just an acquaintance, there’s hope that the discovery brings closure to the many who loved the Davies. 

“It’s just nice to know they found it for the family,” said Bailey.

“It’s a tragedy whether it happened yesterday or 20 years ago for the families, and our thoughts go out to them, to have some closure to this at least,” added Sheriff Strait. 

Officials are searching the area for human remains. 

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