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Sheriff’s office confirms indentities of plane crash victims

El Dorado County Sheriff’s authorities confirmed Friday the identities of three of the Sept. 1 plane crash victims.

Detective Sgt. Bob Johnston said through the use of dental records Jeff Needham, 43, his wife Maria, 30, and Mark Michelsen were all confirmed dead. Positive identification of the fourth victim is still pending because there were no dental records available. According to friends and family the man was 27-year-old Todd Johnson.

“We’re hoping to come up with enough evidence to make a positive identification of the fourth victim by early next week,” Johnston said.



The remains of the other three victims were released to the families Friday.

The single-propeller Piper Malibu went down three minutes into flight a half-mile east of Lake Tahoe Airport’s runway.


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