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Lyon Co. sheriff describes finding plane crash site

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

On Monday, Sheriff Kent Murphy of Lyon County gave our crew the first look at the site where he first discovered the wreckage of the crash in a heavily wooded area of his county.

"I saw the trees broken off," he said. "The limbs had fresh mud. I knew that had to be where the plane hit first. From there we just tried to follow the trail. I told the other first responders we just need God to help us. Within five minutes right after that we found the plane."

Murphy said the scene was horrific. It was dark, cold and they could barely see.

"We were notified after we got the 911 call from Mr. Wilkins. That's how we knew. We only knew because the little girl made it to his house and told him what happened," he said.

Sheriff Murphy said they hoped, but didn't find any more survivors.

"God had to be with her," Murphy said. "This is hard enough for an adult man, let alone a hurt little girl."

Sailor Gutzler, 7, somehow managed to free herself from the wreckage and make it nearly a mile to a man's home to call for help.

Larry Wilkins went to his door. He opened it to see a young girl, her lips quivering, her nose bloodied, her arms and legs scratched up.

Marty, Kim and Piper Gutzler died in the crash. Cousin, Sierra Wilder also died.

It happened on the Cruce family property near County Road 810.

"It's tragedy in a miracle all at the same time," said Todd Cruce. "The good Lord had to be guiding that little girl. That's the only way she could've possibly made it through these woods alive."

As of Monday, Jan. 5 investigators with the NTSB had cleared the scene of a plane crash in Lyon County Kentucky. The family and a cousin was traveling from Key West, Fla. to Mt. Vernon, Ill. before crashing near Kuttawa on Friday night. It could be a year before we know exactly want happened.

Attorney Kent L. Plotner, released this statement on Saturday on behalf of the family:

"The Gutzler family mourns the loss of Marty, Kim and Piper Gutzler and Sierra Wilder. We are devastated by this loss, but are confident that they rest in God's loving arms. We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. Please pray for us, especially for Sailor Gutzler."

Grief counselors were available at schools in Nashville, according to Wendy Davis, superintendent of the Nashville School District.

A phone message was sent to parents over the weekend and grief counselors were available. Students went back to class on Monday.

The bodies of those killed were taken to Louisville for autopsies.

The plane is described as a fixed wing, multiple engine aircraft.

The FAA said air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft as it was flying over Marshall County around 5:55 p.m. on Friday.

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