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Burned jewelry found in Everglades still unclaimed

Mark Rubinstein holds the gold pendant he found near jet crashes in the Everglades.

Associated Press

Mark Rubinstein holds the gold pendant he found near jet crashes in the Everglades.

MIAMI — A partly melted gold pendant found in the Everglades near the crash sites of two commercial airplanes remains unclaimed.

It was found by Mark Rubinstein of Coral Springs during Florida's official Burmese python hunt last winter. He was hunting in a remote, swampy area west of Miami where two planes went down: Eastern Flight 401 in 1972 and ValuJet Flight 592 in 1996.

Rubinstein hoped to return the penny-sized pendant with diamonds circling a cross of sapphires to the family of one of the crash victims.

However, the executive director of the National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation said Thursday that none of the families who lost loved ones aboard the ValuJet flight has claimed the piece. The grass roots air-safety organization represents crash survivors and victims' families.

"The ValuJet family members have been well informed about the pendant, however, no one has said it belonged to their loved one," Gail Dunham said in an email.

No one from the Eastern crash has identified the pendant, either. The plane was carrying 163 passengers and 13 crew members to Miami from New York when it crashed as it prepared to land.

Seventy-seven people survived and some are raising money to build a memorial to the people lost on their flight.

The ValuJet plane was bound for Atlanta when it caught fire shortly after taking off from Miami. The crash killed 104 passengers and five crew members on board.

Burned jewelry found in Everglades still unclaimed 11/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 11:43pm]

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