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Family 'relieved' search for missing plane finally over

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By Chris Davis- KOTA TV

The family of the three people found dead in the wreckage of small plane headed for Gillette say they're relieved to know what happened.

Searchers in central Utah found the plane crash Sunday morning.

Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis said rescuers recovered the bodies of 37-year-old pilot Matthew Ahrens, 34-year-old passenger Trista Meyer, and her 9-year-old daughter, Shyann Lenz.

Meyer's mother, Myra Fees, was in church Sunday morning when family members sent her text messages asking her to call.

They wouldn't give her any information in the texts, but she said she knew right away.

And although she said she's relieved to know what happened, that doesn't make it any easier.

"All I could do this morning was hold their pictures and kiss them and cry," Fees said in a phone interview Monday morning. "I've been wiped out all morning. It's all I can do."

The medical examiner planned to release the bodies to the family Tuesday around noon.

The family will hold services in Gillette and Meyer's hometown of Piedmont before burying them in the family cemetery.

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