Body of missing Colville pilot found in Sullivan Lake

Body of missing Colville pilot found in Sullivan Lake

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office reports that the body of a missing Colville pilot has been recovered.

67-year-old Terry Coleman was found in Sullivan Lake in northern Pend Orielle County on Saturday morning. WSDOT says the pilot’s body was found by a resident. The sheriff’s office is still attempting to find the plane, which they believe is in the lake.

Coleman had been missing since Nov. 11 after taking off in his Cessna 182 Skylane from Colville Municipal Airport around noon. When he didn’t come back, his family called police.

Based on the length of time Coleman was expected to fly, authorities searched in the area of the lake and the town of Ione. They were also able to narrow down the area due to a ping off of Coleman’s cell phone to a nearby tower, WSDOT said.

“Law enforcement and emergency responders in Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Coleman’s wife and family,” said the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office.

Because of the recent rain, snow and visibility rescue crews were unable to search in the air for several days. Ground crews searched through steep terrain.

The NTSB and Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office will continue their investigation. An autopsy will be done to determine Coleman’s cause of death.