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San Francisco venture capitalist, 26, identified as Half Moon Bay plane crash victim

the shell of a broken plane lies on a beach
The wreckage is seen after a small plane crashes in the waters off Half Moon Bay on Jan. 15 in San Mateo County. | Source: Liu Guanguan/China News/Getty Images

A woman who was killed in a small plane crash near Half Moon Bay has been identified as a 26-year-old San Francisco venture capitalist.

The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office identified Cassidy Petit by fingerprint comparison, the office said Thursday.

Her body was found close to Ross Cove in Moss Beach, near where the single-engine plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean around 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

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The shell of a wrecked plane lies on a beach.
The wreckage is seen after a small plane crashed in the waters off Half Moon Bay on Jan. 15. | Source: Liu Guanguan/China News/Getty Images

Petit was aboard the plane, along with Isaac Zimmern, Emma Willmer-Shiles and Petit’s fiancé Lochie Ferrier, who was piloting the aircraft. The National Transportation Safety Board said there were four individuals on board the Cozy Mark IV, a four-seat light aircraft constructed from a kit, when it crashed.

The NTSB is leading the investigation into the incident.

A LinkedIn post from RH Capital, where Petit worked, said a joint memorial for Petit and Ferrier will be held Sunday in Vermont at Hula, the co-working campus, incubator and VC fund Petit helped build. Sunday would have been the couple’s wedding day.

The couple were said to be living in Oakland, according to an online obituary.

This is a developing story.

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