The mysterious disappearance of the American adventurer Steve Fossett may finally have been solved. A walker has stumbled across papers and money belonging to Fossett high in the mountains of California. Wreckage from a small plane was also found, and rescue teams say it is the one flown by Fossett when he disappeared more than a year ago.
“It did not pop into my head right at the time who it was,” said walker Preston Morrow. “It was late, and I was in a hurry and I was tired and I still had to get down a ravine, but then the 100 dollar bills are there and I was, like ‘wow!’ And they were dirty, so I gathered everything up and there were a few more 100 dollar bills and I grabbed those too. I stopped for a while, like for a minute, and I said there has got to be a wallet. I was not thinking ‘plane crash’.”
Steve Fossett was a throwback to an age when explorers put glory ahead of personal safety. He circumnavigated the globe in a balloon, and took part in numerous endurance events with the British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. Fossett was an experienced pilot, but did not file a flight plan when he took off for what was to be the last time. In the end, he may have been brought down by complete accident.