Items belonging to missing Steve Fossett were found Wednesday near Mammoth Lake, CA. A hiker found a wallet containing cash in the amount of $1000, Steve's pilot license and an old sweat shirt size XL.
Authorities in Mammoth Lake have said finding remains would be virtually impossible since the area is inhabited by mountain lions, wolves, bears and other wild animals. They surmise that Fossett could very well have been eaten.
That is going to present some investigators with questions that need to be answered. It is also strange that no wreckage at the site was found. I for one would hate to have to make an emergency landing in that area. It's possible that he went down miles away from where the items were found, and hiked in to where the stuff was located. But where are the skeletal remains.?
The photos of the items did indeed show signs of weathering and aging. All of the $100 dollar bills were moldy, smeared with black residue as was the Glider License and his FAA license was torn and cracked. Thirteen months is a long time for stuff to lay exposed to the wx. ABC news this morning indicated that a search team last night found what could be the wreckage of the Citabria. Twelve men remained in the area overnight and will resume searching again this morning with the aid of a chopper that hovered over the wreck until it became too dark.
Update: CNN this morning reported that a spokesman for the Sheriff's office has confirmed that the wreckage found is that of the plane being piloted by Steve Fossett. He said from the condition of the wreckage, it was unlikely that he could have survived the crash.
I do offer my condolences, if he did, in fact, die in the event of the crash.
..however in the absence of any primary clothing (shoes, shirt, pants or wallet [drivers license, SS card, etc.]) I still think it possible that he may have simply "dropped off the grid"...so to speak. If this is the case, I wish him the best of luck..and hope he finds his goal.
Randy, from the description given this morning by the Sheriff, it is unlikely he survived. The airplane crashed headon into a mountain at the 10,000 level in the Sierra Madres. The area is home to a lot of wild animals, such as bears, mountain lions, etc.