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Body Of Missing Pilot Found In East Texas

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TYLER (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a pilot missing after his plane was found in an East Texas lake.

Capt. Gary Dugan, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden, says the body of 85-year-old Fred Scholz of Anderson County was found Saturday morning on the rocks of the Lake Palestine Dam.

Scholz was reported missing Wednesday after taking off earlier in the day in his single-engine plane from a Jacksonville fueling station. Dive crews found the plane Thursday morning in Lake Palestine, located just outside of Tyler.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Lynn Hubert has said all indications are the pilot landed the plane in the water without severely damaging the aircraft and was able to open the window.

Dugan says the body has been sent for an autopsy.

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