CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KTRE) - Authorities say three members of a Jasper family have died in a plane crash in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains.
The Fremont County Sheriff's office tells Casper's KCWY-TV that the three were found dead in the wreckage of the aircraft that went down Christmas Eve.
The office confirmed the crash, the deaths and the victims' home state to The Associated Press but declined to provide any other details.
KCWY reports that officials received a call about a downed plane in the mountains after a commercial plane picked up an emergency locator transmitter signal.
After hours of searching, the wreckage was found with the bodies.
Both KCWY and Jasper, Texas, station KJAS say authorities identified the dead as 56-year-old Ralph Day, 53-year-old Doris Day and 12-year-old Connor Day. KJAS says the family was from Jasper.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Ralph Day was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Lufkin. Chapter President Don Lymbery described him as a good pilot who loved children and who regularly participated in the monthly Fajita Fly-In at the Angelina County Airport.
"Anytime we had something going on for kids, he came charging," Lymbery said. "He was an asset to our chapter and we've lost a friend and a super guy."