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Remains match DNA of missing aviator Steve Fossett

California forensic authorities said Monday they've positively identified some remains of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett that were found about one kilometre from where his plane crashed in the Sierra Nevada a year ago.

California forensic authorities said Monday they've positively identified some remains of adventurer Steve Fossett that were found about one kilometre from where his plane crashed in the Sierra Nevada a year ago.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said that DNA tests conducted by the state Department of Justice forensics lab positively identified two bones as the remains of the millionaire aviator who disappeared Sept., 3, 2007.

Authorities found the bones last week. They also discovered Fossett's tennis shoes and an Illinois driver's licence, both with animal bite marks on them.

Anderson said Fossett would have died on impact and that it's not unusual for animals to drag away remains.

Fossett vanished last year after taking off from a Nevada ranch owned by hotel magnate Barron Hilton.

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