Sergeant Raymond Willis and Sergeant Vernon Corbell were killed in an airplane accident while searching for a downed plane near Malibu.
The plane Sergeant Corbell was piloting experienced engine trouble and he attempted to land at an emergency landing strip in Puerco Canyon. During the landing the plane struck a ridge and burst into flames, crashing only 500-feet from the landing strip.
Sergeant Willis had served with the agency for nine years and had previously served with the United States Navy during World War II. He was survived by his wife and two children.