Johannesburg — Officials and the family of an American pilot who died in a plane crash in Cameroon say the pilot’s remains are still in the cockpit even though villagers discovered the wreckage of his anti-poaching aircraft more than a month ago.

The discovery of pilot Bill Fitzpatrick and his Cessna 172 in forested, mountainous terrain in April had brought some relief to his family following lengthy search efforts that began after Fitzpatrick disappeared on a night flight in June last year.

Fitzpatrick’s brother, Ken, says the family is frustrated at the delay in recovering the pilot’s remains and returning them to the United States.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based group that employed Bill Fitzpatrick, said Monday it is waiting for officials in Cameroon to assist in the removal of the remains.

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