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Wyoming police chief, companion killed in plane crash

January 8, 1997

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) _ Searchers found the bodies of a Wyoming police chief and his companion Tuesday in the wreckage of the small plane that crashed two days before in a canyon on Crow tribal land in southeastern Montana.

The single-engine plane piloted by Jeff Pfau went down Sunday in the rugged Black Canyon, with the wreckage landing on a ledge. An Air Force helicopter, following the plane’s emergency locater signal, spotted the plane Tuesday.

Pfau, 44, police chief of Gillette for nine years, and Vicky Lundock, 37, were flying home from a shopping trip in Billings, Mont.

Harsh winds, blowing snow and a steep, rocky terrain frustrated efforts to pinpoint the wreckage and could prevent removal of the bodies for days, rescuers said.

``This is certainly a very sad time for the city of Gillette,″ Mayor Frank Latta said.

Gillette, with about 20,000 residents, is in northeastern Wyoming.

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