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In pictures: Steve Fossett

Idenitification documents believed to belong to Steve Fossett found in eastern California on 29/09/08

Identification documents believed to belong to US adventurer Steve Fossett have been found a year after he went missing.

Search team looking for Steve Fossett in Bridgeport, California, in July 2008

Previous extensive searches of the mountainous wildernesses between Nevada and California had drawn a blank.

Steve Fossett with wife Peggy in February 2006

The 63-year-old millionaire, pictured here with his wife Peggy, vanished after setting off from a private ranch in Nevada on a solo flight.

Steve Fossett in September 1998

The veteran pilot set 116 world records in five different sports, most of which still stand.

Steve Fossett flies the GlobalFlyer over the Atlantic Ocean in February 2006

In 2006, he broke the record for the longest flight, spending nearly 77 hours in the air and covering more than 40,000km (25,000 miles).

Steve Fossett before embarking on a trip to fly round the world non-stop without refueling, in February 2005

A year earlier, he made the first solo non-stop flight around the world without refuelling in 67 hours.

Steve Fossett gives media interviews after his sailing world record in 2004

As skipper with a 13-member crew, he beat the round-the-world sailing record in 2004, completing the voyage in 59 days and nine hours.

Steve Fossett flying his balloon Solo Spirit over Australia in 2001

He is perhaps best known for becoming the first person to fly around the world in a balloon in 2002, covering 31,266km (19,428 miles).

Steve Fossett with Sir Richard Branson (left) in November 2006

His friend Sir Richard Branson described him as "a tough old boot", having cheated death a number of times during his adventures.

Steve Fossett at an airport in Kansas in February 2005

He had just been inducted into America's National Aviation Hall of Fame when he disappeared.

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