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Body found in airplane identified

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CHINOOK PASS, Wash -- Investigators have confirmed the body found Wednesday near Chinook Pass is that of a pilot missing since for over three months.  

On May 22nd, 53-year old George Trupp left Twin Falls, Idaho in a single engine Cessna. He was heading to Renton, Washington, when radar lost contact with his plane. Police and rescue crews searched for him for several days. 

A May 25th bench warrant for Trupps arrest in Pierce County for fondling a babysitter, and a 1993 misdemeanor conviction for a sex crime, fueled suspicion that his plane didn't crash, and that he was fleeing police.

Wednesday morning, a hunter found the plane and Trupp's body about 50 miles West of Naches. The cause of the crash is still unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating.

Pierce County Prosecutors say once a death certificate is issued, the case will be closed.