Buffalo Bill's great-grandsons die in Florida plane crash

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The great-grandsons of Wild West character Buffalo Bill Cody reportedly died in a small plane crash in Florida last week.

Kit and Barry Cody and their friend, Rob Krieger, died when the plane they were riding in crashed in the wooded Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area, west of Vero Beach, Fla., the Cody Enterprise reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the Cessna 310 on Thursday afternoon, and the crash site was discovered Friday about 20 miles west of Vero Beach, Fla.

Authorities haven't released the names of the victims, but a family member identified them as 65-year-old Rob Krieger -- a Florida businessman -- and brothers Kit and Barry Cody, ages 63 and 67.

Kit Cody's son-in-law, Bryan Edwards, told the newspaper that the three had been "island hopping" in the Bahamas before the crash occurred. Kit Cody's wife, Linda, was supposed to accompany her husband on the trip but backed out at the last minute, according to the newspaper.

Buffalo Bill, whose real name was William F. Cody, was best known for his Wild West show, which ran from the 1880s to the early 1900s.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.