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Former Publisher's Body Found in Oregon: Daily News' Natt Discovered amid Helicopter WRECKAGE

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Former Publisher's Body Found in Oregon: Daily News' Natt Discovered amid Helicopter WRECKAGE

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The body of former Longview, Wash., Daily News publisher Ted Natt - missing since Aug. 7 - was found Sept. 18 amid wreckage of his helicopter about 15 miles south of Longview, newspaper executives said.

The Daily News reported that Natt, 58, was found in his Schweitzer 3- 100 helicopter at 7:20 a.m. by two hunters looking for elk in a heavily wooded area near Clatskanie, Ore.

"I've been living the last six weeks in a state of unreality, hoping he'd be found, yet wishing this wasn't the ending," Natt's daughter, Lori Sue Mattson, told The Daily News. "I'm grateful that he has been found, but I'm still just as devastated."

Natt had been reported missing a day after he took off alone in the two-seat helicopter from Oysterville, Wash., after attending a memorial service, according to Civil Air Patrol search officials. They said he planned to fly 60 miles back to Longview-Kelso Airport.

Natt's family reported him missing the following evening, officials said, prompting search teams to begin combing the woods for him.

Rescue crews, who had remained optimistic during a weeklong search, eventually ended the effort Aug. 16 after searchers determined that Natt likely could not have survived more than a week in the woods.

Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board began investigating the crash within hours of the wreckage discovery. A cause has not been determined, but speculation has already surfaced that Natt's helicopter was likely caught in a windy rainstorm that forced it down. …

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