Mystery Beacon Sounded in Canyonlands

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MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) -- No downed airplane has been located in San Juan County even though an aircraft's emergency beacon began sounding late last week.

Officials weren't able to pinpoint the beacon's location, possibly coming from inside Canyonlands National Park, and subsequent searches didn't locate any down craft, the San Juan County Sheriff's office said Sunday.

"We've not been able to find anything," Sheriff's dispatcher George Rice said.

Deputies also checked with aviation authorities and found no reports of overdue planes.

And then, just as suddenly as it started, the beacon's signal abruptly stopped transmitting.

"It started a couple of days ago, but we lost the signal," Rice said Sunday. "It could be anything."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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