State: Leave WWII plane wreckage alone

State: Leave WWII plane wreckage alone

WHEELER, Ore. -- While the assessment of the aircraft crash site in Tillamook County continues, investigators and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office have a message of caution to those who are unauthorized to access the area.

Since the discovery of what is believed to be a World War II-era aircraft crash site March 18, the state preservation office has been involved assessment of the scene and debris. However, as media representatives have begun asking for the exact location of the site, the state office has released a public statement:

"That information is not being released, for reasons of safety and scene integrity," reports a press release from the state preservation office, "as well as keeping unauthorized people from the area."

State Archaeologist Matthew Diederich tells us it is a "violation of state law [ORS 358.905-955] to alter, damage, or remove material from this archaeological site." The press release said violators will be prosecuted.