Authorities said they believe wreckage found on a steep California mountainside Sunday is the remains of the plane of a former Israeli paratrooper who vanished seven years ago.
The disappearance of 24-year-old Daniel Katz on June 3, 2001, spurred one of the most extensive and high-tech searches in the area's history.
The tail number on the Piper Archer II confirmed it was the plane Katz rented, Sheriff's spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire said Monday. Fragments of human remains were also found about 122 meters from the debris, on a steep mountainside in the San Bernadino National Forest near Lytle Creek.
Katz, the grandson Marcos Katz, a prominent Israeli businessman who lived in Mexico, was flying back to a La Verne airport from Perris, where a skydiving trip had been canceled because of low clouds.