Two men dead after private plane crashes east of Aspen near Midway Pass The Denver Post

Two men from New York died in a plane crash east of Aspen on Saturday afternoon, officials confirmed Sunday night.

Searchers located the wreckage and the remains of two passengers near Midway Pass, about 9 miles east of Aspen near the Continental Divide, north of the Lost Man campgrounds, at 5:34 p.m. Sunday evening, according to a news release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Pitkin County Chief Deputy Coroner Audra Keith presumably identified the plane’s occupants as Ruben Cohen of New York and David Zara of New York, pending results from further post-mortem examination of the remains.

The Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a phone call midmorning Sunday from a person reporting her friend and his aircraft had departed Aspen in late Saturday afternoon and were overdue in arriving at their destination, an airport in Des Moines, Iowa, the release states.

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