UHP and Rich County police officers call off search for possible plane crash

The search for an airplane that reportedly went down in or near Rich County Wednesday was called off after police checked nearby lakes and frozen ponds and found nothing. Lincoln County, Wyoming dispatchers contacted Rich County and surrounding jurisdictions Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call from a pilot who reported his plane had gone down in a frozen body of water. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry says he was contacted about 3:30 p.m. to have troopers help in the search in an area near Randolph known as Deseret Land and Livestock. Utah State Parks spokeswoman Deena Loyola says a state ranger also checked Bear Lake which is not frozen and found nothing. A UHP helicopter searched from the air but found nothing before the search was called off at about 8:15 p.m. A Rich County dispatcher says some of the information the pilot gave to dispatchers could not be verified.

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