JACKSON, Amador County (CBS / AP) — Search crews have found the wreckage of a small plane flown by a winery owner that disappeared on a flight from Nevada to Tracy.

Amador County authorities say ground crews found the single-engine Lancair aircraft flown by Robert Brown in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

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Sheriff Martin Ryan said wreckage from the plane was strewn over an area covering about 300 yards. Personal effects belonging to the 78-year-old Brown, including his passport, were found in the wreckage.

The crash site is within the El Dorado National Forest, about 80 miles southeast of Sacramento.

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Authorities and family members say Brown had left Minden-Tahoe Airport at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. When he failed to arrive in Tracy, he was reported missing around 8 p.m.

Brown was the owner of Cleavage Creek Winery in Napa County.

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