Human remains found during search for missing plane over Lake Erie

The remains found in Lake Erie in the search for a missing plane are human, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said Tuesday.

Crews will be back out on the water on Wednesday. The six people who were aboard the plane are presumed dead. More than 170 pieces of debris, including the cockpit voice recorder, personal items and clothing, have been recovered since the plane went missing.

Divers earlier this week located part of the fuselage, several seats and an engine from the plane that vanished from radar soon after taking off from downtown Cleveland on December 29.

Cleveland officials Monday said large pieces of debris were spotted on the lake bottom January 6 and were to be brought to the surface this week. The recovery includes seats and debris that appear to be portions of the fuselage, the city of Cleveland confirms. Recovery teams are using an Army Corps tug to break through thick ice on the shores of Lake Erie to resume operations, despite wintery conditions.

The Flemings were returning to Columbus after a trip to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers with neighbor Brian Casey and his daughter, Megan, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More services are set for Tuesday at 4 the Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware. Officials have said they will continue to search until they're confident they have found all they can.

Transmissions from a locator beacon detector have helped narrow the search area, but divers have had to move slowly as they follow the signals because of extremely limited visibility.

  • Rogelio Becker