A 21-year-old Gardnerville woman killed in a small plane crash that occurred early last week has been identified as Brittney Calane Hocking-Cangemi.
Hocking-Cangemi was a passenger aboard a Cessna 182 that took off from North Las Vegas Airport at 6 p.m. April 14 on its way to Northern Nevada.
A search began on April 15 in southern Lyon County where the aircraft was last heard from. That search ended on Thursday afternoon when the plane’s wreckage was spotted in the Pine Nut Mountains.
The pilot of the aircraft was identified as Cory Paul Marble, of Reno.
According to a statement posted on Hocking-Cangemi’s sister’s Facebook Page, Brittney told her family she met pilot Marble on an Internet dating site, and that she was going to Las Vegas with him for the weekend. She called her mother from Las Vegas and said she was staying at a hotel and would return on Sunday to pick up the Jaguar her father let her drive. She didn’t tell her mother when she’d be back in Auburn, but that she might stay with her father for a few days. Her mother, Judith C. Hocking, said the last time she heard from her daughter was April 13, when she said she’d be back home in Auburn on Monday or Wednesday. Her mother tracked her whereabouts using her cell phone. Marble and Hocking-Cangemi checked out of the hotel. Her mother said she wasn’t notified the airplane was missing because the couple had just met, and no one knew to call her. Hocking said she kept calling Hocking-Cangemi’s cell phone with no answer. She also called Marble’s cell phone without result. On April 16, Hocking called the hotel and found out the couple left two days before. She said she called her ex-husband, who lives in Sunridge. He filed a missing person’s report. On Thursday, a Placer County deputy informed Hocking that a woman’s body had been found in aircraft wreckage in Douglas County and that circumstances indicated it was her daughter.
According to her Facebook Page, Hocking-Cangemi graduated from Auburn High School in 2010. Her Facebook page says she grew up in Auburn. She divided her time between there and her father’s home in Sunridge.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred during a stormy night that left snow in the Pine Nuts and the Sierra.
A 71 mph wind gust was clocked at 8:41 p.m. in Carson Valley the night the aircraft disappeared.