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Families gather 20 years after deadly ValuJet crash seeking closure

May 1996: Officers lay wreaths on the water at the site of the ValuJet Flight 592 crash.

May 1996: Officers lay wreaths on the water at the site of the ValuJet Flight 592 crash.  (AP)

Relatives of the victims of ValuJet Flight 592 are meeting in the Florida Everglades to mark the 20th anniversary of the deaths.

The May 11, 1996, crash killed 110 passengers and crew. The Atlanta-bound plane crashed into the Everglades while trying to make an emergency return to Miami.

Among the victims was Joyce Simonton of Macon, Georgia. Her two sons and granddaughter plan to meet with other mourners near the remote crash site Wednesday.

Walter Simonton says he's still haunted by what he saw the first time he visited the wetlands. He struggled to describe the view: "Just vast water. Vast grass."

Joyce Simonton's remains never were identified. Her son says her Bible and a few belongings from her luggage were recovered from the murky waters.