Cleveland – At approximately 4:10 p.m., search and recovery divers discovered additional debris in Lake Erie. Not all of the debris was able to be recovered from the water, however, at least some of the debris is believed to be portions of the missing Cessna 525 Citation. At this time, we cannot comment further on the specifics of the plane debris as this does remain an active investigation.
In addition, we can confirm that the medical examiner has collected debris for review and analysis to determine whether or not human remains have been found.
Search and recovery operations have concluded for today and it will be suspended over the weekend due to weather and water conditions. Investigators will respond to any reports of debris on the shoreline over the weekend. However, weather conditions will not allow for foot patrols to conduct shoreline searches.
The City of Cleveland and its partner agencies thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of the families impacted by this tragedy and their time to process this information and grieve for their loved ones, especially as they host memorials for their families this weekend.
Search and recovery operations will begin again on Monday at daybreak and will continue until we are confident we have discovered all that we can.
As we have done throughout this process, we will remain in constant contact with the families. As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for them. They deserve the lives of their loved ones to be celebrated and not sensationalized. Please respect them as we work to bring them answers.
We will post our next update on the morning on Monday, January 9th.