Wreckage of missing Piper Cherokee found

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AURORA, Ore. (KOIN) — The wreckage of a  missing single-engine Piper Cherokee was found by searchers working with the Oregon Civil Air Patrol Friday morning.

The wreckage was spotted around 1 p.m. by an Oregon Army National Guard unit, officials said. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office sent in a team on on the ground and confirmed the sighting.

The plane was found on Mt. Tom in southern Linn County just east of Harrisburg on heavily wooded property owned by the Bureau of Land Management, Linn County officials said in a release.

Lee Leslie, seen in an undated photo, was last seen leaving the Creswell airport on his way to Vancouver on April 21, 2015 (Courtesy: Family friend)

The pilot, 41-year-old Lee Leslie of Vancouver, was last seen Tuesday. He was the only person on the plane, officials said.

The body of one person was found at the site, officials said. Recovery operations are underway.

After extensive searching, KOIN 6 News could not find a current pilot license registered to Leslie’s name. He also had his driver’s license suspended due to a lengthy criminal traffic history.

The plane, a single engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee, is not registered with the FAA.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

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