Identities of crash victims confirmed
June 17, 2001
MEEKER, Colo. (AP) Authorities confirmed Saturday that four men on board a small plane recovered from a mountain lake were the Reno, Nev., men whose Piper Cherokee disappeared May 29.
All four were strapped in their seats when the plane was pulled to the surface of the lake Friday.
The Rio Blanco County sheriff’s office said the bodies were taken to Meeker. The plane will be taken to a hangar in Greeley to be examined by National Transportation Safety Board officials.
The men were identified as Richard ”Dan” Filippe, 39, the pilot, and passengers Ross ”Roscoe” Jones, 42, Jon Peters and his brother Mark Peters.
Ages for the brothers were not available.
The plane disappeared after stopping for fuel at the Meeker airport. The men were headed to Denver for a Stanley Cup finals game between the Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils.
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The plane was found in the middle of Upper Marvine Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness, about 23 miles east of Meeker and 135 miles west of Denver.