IRON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Crews attempt to recover the bodies of a father and two young children killed in a plane crash in rural southern Utah.
Randy Wells and his two children Asher, 8, and Sarah, 3, were returning from a family event in Phoenix when their plane went down near Highway 20 and the Iron/Garfield County border Saturday.
After a nearly 36 hour search, heartache rippled through family, neighbors, and search crews, as news emerged late Monday morning a helicopter found the wreckage of the Wells' single-engine plane.
"It was a pretty significant impact," Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said.
Investigators believe a dark night and bad weather contributed to the crash. It appears Wells was unable to gain altitude to get over a ridge.
"It's tough on everybody that's involved that has invested into this. It wears on you emotionally. You want the happy ending and it doesn't always happen," Sheriff Gower said.
"It's impossible to fill a Randy-sized hole in our lives," Spencer Wright said, Wells' 2nd Counselor in the LDS ward bishopric.
Around 200 people searched for the Wells', including a couple dozen church members from Sandy.
"Bishop Wells did everything he could for everyone else," Diane Iman said, who dropped everything to help find Wells and his children.
The crash victims leave behind a mother and wife who is 20 weeks pregnant.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Randy's wife Kristin.
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