Officials continue investigation of plane found north of Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – Officials have confirmed that the plane found on Monday night north of Aberdeen is the one that was reported missing about two weeks ago.

According to information from the Brown County Emergency Management, the registered owner of the plane was Gerald Seliski, 70, of rural Hecla. He was confirmed as the pilot of the plane. He was the only occupant of the plane.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Grand Forks, N.D.

A hunter spotted the wreckage shortly after 6 p.m. about three miles north of Aberdeen. Scott Meints, Brown County Emergency Manager, said it is the single-engine Cessna that left Aberdeen the night of Oct. 9. It was bound for Oakes, N.D., but never arrived, prompting the search.

Meints said the plane was actually fairly close to a road.


A variety of agencies were involved in an extensive search for the plane.