Officials identify pilot of glider crash

LAMY, N.M. (AP) – The wreckage of a glider reported missing has been found in the Lamy area along with the body of the pilot, who was from Illinois.

New Mexico State Police say the glider left Moriarty Municipal Airport on Wednesday and was later reported missing.

Satellite and cellphone data – along with the eyewitness sighting from a fellow pilot who was following the downed aircraft – led to the search beginning in the Lamy area.

The wreckage was found Thursday afternoon about four miles east of U.S. 285.

State Police on Friday said the medical investigator’s office identified the dead pilot as 72-year-old Joseph Shepherd of Alhambra, Illinois.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the cause of the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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