Remains of Flint native, husband involved in 1997 plane crash believed to be found in U.P.

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ST. IGNACE, Mich. (WJRT) -- Human remains believed to be a Flint native and her husband involved in a 1997 plane crash have been found in Mackinac County.

Mark and Janet Davies disappeared after their Piper Alpha single-engine airplane crashed into a remote area near St. Ignace on Sept. 14, 1997. The wreckage was not located until July, more than 20 years later.

However, the couple's bodies weren't with the plane wreckage. Human remains this week are believe to be the couple, according to Janet's younger brother Michael Smith.

The remains were recovered by the Mackinac County medical examiner and turned over to experts at Western Michigan University, who will use dental records and other means to positively identify the couple.

Smith said the family is planning to have a funeral on Janet's birthday in September.

The Davies took off from Drummond Island in Lake Huron on their ill-fated flight bound for Howell, where they lived. Mark, who was a licensed pilot, did not file a flight plan.

A National Transportation Safety Board report from 1997 says the plane was seen on radar flying south, then turning and flying north. Then it disappeared.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol conducted a four-day search, which failed to find any evidence of couple or the plane.

Conditions were very cloudy that day and other pilots reported the cloud deck was 200 feet or less in some areas. The NTSB report noted Mark Davies was known to have vertigo issues, which flying in clouds may have triggered.