Dad and Two Kids Found Dead After Plane Crash


[UPDATE] A Sandy father and his two children were found dead Monday after a plane crash in southern Utah. Garfield County officials confirm a plane was found by a search and rescue helicopter in the lower Bear Valley are between Panguitch and I-15 north of Dixie National Forest. 

This is developing story. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.


A family friend has confirmed with ABC4 that the possible downed plane was carrying a father and his two kids.

Randy Wells of Sandy is said to be aboard with his two children. Wells is reportedly a bishop of the Mount Jordan 3rd Ward in Sandy.

ABC4 is following this story and will post updates when they become available.

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PANGUITCH, Utah (ABC4 News) Officials are looking for a possible downed aircraft in a mountainous area near Iron and Garfield Counties Sunday afternoon. 

Dispatchers confirmed that the aircraft was last heard from sometime Saturday night and it is unclear when the plane would have crashed but crews have been out searching all morning. 

The aircraft is believed to have possibly crashed in a very wooded area, making it difficult to search but it was confirmed that a Department of Public Safety helicopter and the Air Force have joined in the search for the missing plane and it’s occupants.  

The area being searched is 15-20 miles northeast of Panguitch. The mountainous area there is divided between both Iron and Garfield Counties. 

Dispatch confirmed the family of the occupants of the plane have been notified of the ongoing search. It has not been confirmed how many people were on board. 

Information on the type of plane was also not immediately disclosed. 

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