A small plane with six people on board disappeared last week over Lake Erie, and the pilot's bag was found on Sunday.
John T. Fleming, CEO of Superior Beverage Group, was the pilot of the plane headed for Columbus. Fleming and his passengers had just seen a Cleveland Cavaliers game before their Cessna Citation 525 disappeared shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport, USA Today reports.
Fleming's bag, found at Shoreby Club Newport Harbor in Bratenahl, Ohio near Cleveland, contained his ID, WKYC reports.
WATCH | Here's a look at the search efforts from Friday. The search has continued since then, minus a brief pause on Saturday for bad weather.
The passengers on board included Fleming's wife Suzanne, 46, their two sons, 15-year-old Jack and 14-year-old Andrew, a neighbor and the neighbor's daughter, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Fleming's father said he was an "experienced" pilot.
Snow and high seas have complicated the search for the plane, Coast Guard Capt. Michael Mullen said. The plane left at 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, and the Coast Guard was notified of a crash about 30 minutes later.
"Aircraft are not designed to float, especially in 12-foot seas," Mullen said when asked about the possibility that the plane had landed safely on the water.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.