Man who discovered airplane crash in Lincoln County found dead on same property

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The scene of the plane crash in early May 2015 (Photo: NewsChannel5.com)

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – The man who discovered a crashed airplane in northeastern Lincoln County earlier this month died Friday.

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said  Richard E. Lane, 64, was found dead in a creek on property just off Highway 50 and along Steelman Road in the Mulberry community, northeast of Fayetteville — The same property where a plane crash happened in early May.

Blackwelder said his office took a call about a missing person Friday around noon. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Lane had likely fallen into a creek on the property, causing his death.

On May 3, the single-engine aircraft flown by Linda Bauman, 46, of Belvidere, crashed on the property. Bauman died in the crash. The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash. Investigators told us earlier this month it could take 6 to 8 months before a definitive crash cause can be determined.

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