Fremont County, Wyoming, Sheriff Skip Hornecker in Wyoming said this morning that the wreckage of Luke Bucklin's aircraft was found late Monday east of the Continental Divide in the Wind River mountains.
The wreckage was found a week after Bucklin and three of his children went missing while flying from Jackson Hole to Riverton, Wyo. They had taken off in a snow storm, and lost contact with air traffic controllers about a hour later.
Ginger Bucklin, Luke's wife, said this morning there were no survivors.[jump]
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Luke, Nate, Nick and Noah. We look to God as our refuge and strength and trust him to carry us through the painful days ahead.
We send a heartfelt thank you to all the family members, friends, and others from the Twin Cities community and around the world, for their prayers and expressions of love and concern over the past week. These have been a major source of support for us during this difficult time.
Our heroes throughout this ordeal are the incredibly courageous search team, men and women who have worked tirelessly over the past week to find our boys. Our gratitude for their efforts is infinite and we ask that everyone pray for their continued safety as the mission draws to a close.
Luke Bucklin was a founder and CEO of Sierra Bravo, a Bloomington-based web and interactive development company. The Bucklin family lives in Southwest Minneapolis. Nate and Nick, 14-year-old twins, were students at Southwest High School, and Noah, 12, attended Susan B. Anthony Middle School.
Perhaps fittingly, the Bucklin family and its friends have turned to social media to help get their message out. Besides the family's website, mentioned above, Ginger Bucklin has also updated followers via her Twitter account.
Friends of the family set up a Facebook page, Wear Blue For Bucklins, in the the family's honor shortly after the plane went missing.
Students at both schools took the message to heart and have worn all manner of blue clothing to school this past week. At Anthony Middle School, students say, Noah Bucklin's locker has been decorated with messages and prayers.
There's even a public spreadsheet to help volunteers coordinate meal donations for the surviving family members.
The family had been on vacation in the Jackson Hole area before the crash. Ginger Bucklin had taken a commercial flight home safely with their youngest son, while Luke flew his personal aircraft with the three boys.
A massive rescue operation was launched, with helicopters dropping search parties into the remote mountain range, and fixed-wing aircraft listening for any trace of the aircraft's emergency transponder. A weak signal was detected on Thursday, but officials said it was almost impossible to get a fix on its source in the mountainous, snowy and heavily timbered terrain.
The wreckage was found late yesterday by searchers on the ground, half-buried in snow at about 11,000 feet on a steep mountainside.