Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Philippines forces make gains in city under siege by ISIS-linked militants

    MARAWI, Philippines — Philippine forces say they now control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago.

  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

    World

    SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

    S. Korean President Moon Jae-in is assessing the launch.