Teen out of hospital after surviving mountain plane crash

This May 9, 2015 photo provided by Sierra Lundy shows Autumn Veatch in Bellingham, Wash. The 16 year old survived a small plane crash on Saturday, July 11, 2015 wandering in a mountainous area for several days before being picked up by a motorist and taken to a local hospital on Monday, July 13, 2015. Her step-grandfather, who was piloting the plane, and his wife did not survive the crash. (Sierra Lundy via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) – Search crews looking for a small plane that crashed in north-central Washington with three people aboard say they have located wreckage in the general area where a crash survivor emerged from the woods.

A Washington state Transportation Department spokeswoman says the wreckage was located Tuesday evening in the general area where 16-year-old survivor Autumn Veatch emerged from the woods on Monday. However, spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe says crews were not able to reach the site yet and no positive identification has been made of either the plane or the two missing occupants, Leland and Sharon Bowman of Marion, Montana.

Efforts to reach the site will resume in the morning.

Earlier Tuesday, the girl was released from a hospital in Brewster, Washington. In her hometown of Bellingham, Washington, family friends gathered Tuesday night in anticipation of a happy homecoming, bringing balloons and flowers to the apartment of the teen’s father, David Veatch. Autumn Veatch has said the Bowmans, her step-grandparents, did not survive the crash Saturday. The plane was bringing her home from a Montana visit.

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