Searchers believe to have found site where missing plane crashed

No tell-tale debris reported to have been discovered yet


— Dive teams and a search helicopter converged today morning on a lake in the White River National Forest where authorities believe a missing plane went down.
Recovery workers are focusing on upper Marvine Lake, which is 30 miles east of Meeker in the Flat Top Wilderness area.
As of Tuesday morning, divers have been unable to confirm they have found the Cherokee-180 that
Reno, Nev. resident Dan Filipe was flying May 29. He was flying himself, and fellow Reno residents Ross Jones and two brothers, Jon and Mark Peters, in a rented plane to Denver.
As of Tuesday morning, the men had not been found.
Search officials received a cellular phone call Monday night from a fisherman at the lake.
The fisherman reported he and others in his party had found miscellaneous items in the lake thought to be from the missing aircraft.
Rio Blanco Sheriff Phil Stubblefield arrived at the scene via a National Guard helicopter just after 9 a.m. today.
The dive team is concentrating on a five-acre area of the lake where depths range between 40 to 50 feet. The lake is in a remote area that can only be reached by a four-hour trek on horseback.
The plane disappeared shortly after it took off from the airport in Meeker. The plane stopped at the airport to refuel and then departed at about 3:10 p.m. for Jefferson County Airport.
The men were on their way to Denver for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Colorado Avalanche and the New Jersey Devils.
The Colorado Civil Air Patrol had been searching for the plane since Wednesday has handed the effort over to Rio Blanco County officials.
Civil Air Patrol members have packed up their make-shift mission base established at the Steamboat Springs Airport.


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