Missing balloonists remains found in Adriatic Sea

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) - Friends and colleagues of famed balloonists Richard Abruzzo of Albequerque and Carol Rymer Davis of Denver are remembering them anew.

An Italian Port Official says their remains were found Monday morning by a fishing boat.

David Melton of Espanola, who has flown with Abruzzo says that finally the families will have closure. He says it has been hard on them all.

Kevin Knapp, who served as Deputy Director of October's America's Challenge, says their recovery will help close a chapter both for the families and the ballooning community, in which they were major figures.

He says he had feared that they would never be found. Now, he says those fears have been allayed.

The two were participating in a gas balloon race when contact was lost Sept. 29 as they flew over the Adriatic.

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