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CASTALIA — State troopers say four people were killed when a small private airplane crashed Friday afternoon in rural Nash County.
The N.C. Highway Patrol identified the victims as 48-year-old Evva Leigh Boll, 57-year-old Gregory Boll, 52-year-old Roberta Laquidara and 53-year-old Felix Laquidara. All four people were residents of Naples, Florida.
The Highway Patrol received reports of an aircraft that had gone missing and had possibly crashed around 3:30 p.m. Friday. First responders including the Nash County Sheriff’s Office located pieces of the plane’s wing on Harrison Road northeast of Castalia.
Searchers found the plane’s fuselage in the woods off Taylor’s Store Road “after an extensive search,” Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Christopher Knox said in a Saturday news release. The four occupants’ remains were found along with two dogs that also died in the crash.
Knox said the plane was reportedly traveling from Naples Airport in Florida to the Easton/Newnam Field outside Easton, Maryland.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash’s cause.
Reports of the downed plane drew an extensive response from law enforcement and emergency agencies including the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County Fire and EMS, N.C. Forest Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Highway Patrol.