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Puerto Rico Identifies Dead Teen From Piñones Plane Crash As 15-Year-Old Molly Wrede of Atlanta, Georgia

RESCUE AND RECOVERY MISSION: Puerto Rican authorities used scuba divers to search for the missing and dead after a plane from a commuter airline crashed near a crowded beach in Piñones.

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rican authorities have identified a girl who died in a small plane crash as 15-year-old Molly Wrede from Atlanta.

The U.S. commonwealth’s emergency agency said Sunday that two friends of the girl remained hospitalized with various injuries. It identifies them as 48-year-old Scott Ellyson and his 14-year-old daughter, Casey Ellyson, of Georgia.

Twenty-two-year pilot Jose Diaz of Puerto Rico also was also injured in Saturday’s crash of an Air America plane off the coast of Piñones, east of San Juan. It had just taken off from the capital’s international airport on a flight to Culebra island.

The three survivors were rescued by people who were swimming or sunbathing on a nearby beach and went to the crash site in kayaks.

The accident’s cause is currently under active investigation, according to authorities.

https://vifreepress.com/2017/06/classmates-teachers-remember-15-year-old-puerto-rico-plane-crash-victim-molly-wrede-athlete-easy-smile/

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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