Madison, WI Singer Otis Redding Dies In Plane Crash, Dec 1967

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Madison, Wis. (AP) -- The body of OTIS REDDING, internationally known rhythm and blues singer, was found Monday by skin divers inside a twin-engine plane that carried him and six others in their deaths in Lake Monona Sunday.

Police said REDDING'S body was found strapped to a seat with a safety belt in the rear portion of the plane's fuselage.

Rescuers also located the body of MATTHEW KELLY, 17, of Memphis, police said. KELLY'S body was found near the craft in 35 feet of water. Three bodies still were missing.

The plane was secured by cables but police said it would not be brought to the surface until a thorough search of the craft and area had been completed.

Officers were afraid the plane would break apart or stir up a heavy layer of silt and make the search for the remaining bodies even more difficult, Capt. GEORGE SCHIRO said.

The plane's log was found near the craft and was turned over to Federal Aviation Agency officials.

Only one person, BEN CAULEY, 20, of Memphis, survived.

CAULEY and two bodies were pulled from the lake by police shortly after the crash.

The other victims were the pilot, RICHARD FRASER, 26, Warner-Robbins, Ga., and JIMMY KING, 18, leader of the Bar-Kays, a rhythm and blues group which performed behind REDDING.

The Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1967-12-12