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After a massive search, the Oregonal National Guard has spotted the wreckage of a small plane missing for nearly a week.

tonynicholls_small.jpgCourtesy: Klamath Sheriff's Dept.

The search for Tony Nicholls had expanded to 4,000 acres and included a slew of agencies.

According to the news release, it was found just before 3 p.m.

Nicholls' body was was believed to be in the wreckage, though a positive identification had not yet been made, the release said.

News Release

Just before 3 P.M. this afternoon, the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol located a possible crash site and reported it to Lake County Incident Command.

An Oregon National Guard HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was dispatched to the scene and confirmed the tail number of the airplane was that of Tony Nicholls'. The occupant was deceased. The aircraft wreckage was at 6500 feet in elevation on the west face of Hart Mountain. The location of the crash is approximately 13 miles North East of Plush, Oregon.

An investigation is underway at the scene. The FAA and the NTSB are being notified of the location of the aircraft.

More to follow as it becomes available. Next of kin has been notified. Confirmation of the aircraft's occupant is assumed only at this time pending positive identification.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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