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Remains of missing skydiver believed found; body is attached to undeployed parachutes

December 1, 2010 |  7:43 am

Authorities said they soon hoped to make a positive identification of a body found Tuesday morning on a Riverside County farm, but the remains are believed to be those of a Russian parachutist who went missing after jumping from a plane two months ago.

"We haven't positively identified the remains," Sgt. Joe Borja told The Times. But he noted that "we're only missing one skydiver."

Vladimir Frolov, 50, was skydiving in Perris and was reported missing after he jumped from the plane Sept. 25. Borja said teams then scoured the area with search dogs, a helicopter and all-terrain vehicles for two days but were unable to find him.

The body since discovered was found attached to two undeployed parachutes, authorities told the Press-Enterprise, and there was a clear depression in the ground indicating impact.

The Perris area is a popular skydiving destination that attracts visitors from around the world.

Borja said officials would attempt to identify the remains through dental records. Anyone with information is asked to call investigator Glenn Johnson at (951) 210-1000.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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