Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
3 bodies found in wreckage of plane in Sevier
Sevier » Aircraft bound for Wyoming was missing a week.
First Published Dec 02 2012 02:18 pm • Last Updated Apr 08 2013 11:31 pm

Sevier County authorities on Sunday recovered the bodies of three people from the wreckage of a plane that had been missing for a week.

The plane carried pilot Matthew Ahrens, 37, of Bakersfield, Calif., Trista Meyer, 34, and her 9-year-old daughter, Shyann Lenz, of Rocet, Wyo., when it took off after a fuel stop in Fillmore.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis said a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter discovered the wreckage about 8 a.m. Sunday, about a mile from the Millard-Sevier County line. Officials said the plane was discovered in Sevier County, about 14 miles east of Fillmore, where the plane stopped Nov. 25 to refuel on its way to Gillette, Wyo.

Curtis said the plane appeared to have flown into the side of a mountain, but there were no obvious signs of what caused it to crash.

He said the cause remained under investigation and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were scheduled to arrive Monday afternoon.

He said authorities were not confirming the identities of the three victims until their families could be notified. Autopsies had been ordered.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those three," Curtis said.

The plane was en route from Bakersfield to Gillette when it crashed. Two dogs also were aboard the plane.


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.