UPDATE August 16th, 2018, 3:30pm — The NTSB is leading the investigation into this accident with the cooperation of the FAA, the airplane and engine manufacturers, and Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office.
The NTSB was onsite last week along with forensic anthropologists and recovered the human remains of couple Mark and Janet Davies.
MACKINAC COUNTY — The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the discovery of aircraft wreckage in the Hiawatha National Forest on July 11th.
Deputies have responded to the crash site, and are conducting a preliminary investigation along with Hiawatha National Forest personnel. The wreckage was identified as a single-engine airplane based on a registration number located in the debris.
A Piper PA-28 airplane with that same registration was reported missing on September 14th 1997, carrying Mark and Janet Davies of Howell. The NTSB initiated an investigation at that time, with no leads.
The logistics necessary to respond to the scene have yet to be determined.