The search for a missing Idaho pilot in Eastern Oregon has come to a tragic end.
The crash site of Tony Nicholls was located in Lake County around 3 Wednesday afternoon.
The crash site was found on the west face of Hart Mountain, about 13 miles northeast of Plush. While positive identification hasn't been made, it is believed that the body found in the wreckage is that of 48 year old Tony Nicholls.
Nicholls flew out of Lakeview last Thursday, bound for his home in Meridian, Idaho.
Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger notes that the search area posed several challenges...
"A lot of people who aren't familiar with the area think that it's a wide open desert, and that's not the case. It is the high desert of Oregon. It is full of table rock, it is full of granite mountains, there is still snow coverage."
The crash site was discovered by the Civil Air Patrol. A National Guard helicopter was brought in, and confirmed that the airplane was that of Tony Nicholls.