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Update: Cessna pilot’s body found; identified

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that it positively identified the deceased person at the plane crash site on Bradley Peak as pilot William Bushling.

“His family has been notified. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the sheriff’s office wrote in an update on social media.

The body of William Bushling and the 1972 Cessna airplane he had been piloting were located Friday. The aircraft departed the Ashland airport Wednesday night.

Bushling flew the black 1972 Cessna from Ashland Airport on Wednesday with the intent to land in Trinity County, California. However, he announced enroute that the plan was to make an emergency landing but never appeared to have touched down, according to previous reports.

Authorities and those who knew Bushling asked for help from the public to find him. The crash site was reported to authorities by a witness. Search and rescue personnel scouted the location and found Bushling’s body at the crash site.