JOHNSON COUNTY, WY. (THECOUNT) — Charles “Charly” Schell and Kelli Taylor Schell of Hartwell, Georgia, have been identified as the victims in a Friday double-fatal plane crash in Johnson County, Wyoming.

Charly and Kelli, both 50, were killed in a small plane crash near Buffalo, Wyoming on Friday.


According to officials, the plane went down northwest of Johnson County Airport on Friday. Other details of the crash were not provided as of Sunday morning.

Charly was one of the founding principals at Forge Consulting LLC — the asset management company whose name was used by former attorney and murder suspect Alex Murdaugh to allegedly steal from clients, according to FitsNews.

Charly was a pilot in the Army before becoming a business consultant. Kelli Schell was the general manager and owner of Cateechee Conference Center. The two were known for their extensive work with charities and their contributions to the community.

According to a report in the Oil City News, the crash was being investigated and a search and rescue operation is underway. Flights in that area of Wyoming have been restricted since Friday evening and are expected to stay that way until late Monday night.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Johnson County is a county in the north central part of the U.S. state of Wyoming. At the 2020 United States Census, the population was 8,447. The county seat is Buffalo. Kaycee is the only other incorporated town in the county – Wikipedia.

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