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4 dead in Teller County plane crash, victims now identified

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Teller County Coroner has now confirmed the identities of the four people found dead after a small plane crash near Phantom Canyon Road.

According to Teller County officials, Bruce Claremont, Laurie Aves, and Roger and Katherine Duncan, were all residents of Florence, Colorado who died at the time of the crash. 

The Federal Aviation Administration says four people were on board the single-engine Cessna T-41B. The FAA believes the crash happened Saturday morning, but the wreckage wasn't discovered until a little less than 24 hours later on Sunday morning.

A small fire started after the crash, according to Commander Lad Sullivan with the Teller County Sheriff's Office. Sullivan said the scene of the crash was 'pretty bad', adding that crews had not immediately located any survivors. Sullivan told KRDO the National Transportation Safety Board requested the sheriff's office call in the county coroner.

Earlier, Teller County rescue crews hiked from Phantom Canyon Road, through rocky terrain to the crash site, about two and a half miles inward.

As of now no further information has been released. Updates will come as details become available.

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