- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BREWSTER, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old girl who survived the crash of a small plane in the rugged mountains of north-central Washington has finally made it home to Belllingham, Washington.

Autumn Veatch was released Tuesday evening from a hospital in Brewster, Washington, and arrived at her Bellingham home shortly before midnight Tuesday. Friends were waiting for her with flowers and balloons.

She reached home just as word came that search crews looking for the plane that went down with three people aboard said they have located wreckage in the general area where Veatch emerged from the woods on Monday.

However, Washington Transportation Department spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe said crews have not yet been able to reach the heavily wooded site and no positive identification has been made of either the plane or the two missing occupants, Leland and Sharon Bowman of Marion, Montana.

Autumn Veatch has said the Bowmans, her step-grandparents, did not survive the Saturday crash. Leland Bowman was piloting the plane.

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