Mexican-American singer thought to be dead

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The remnants of a small plane thought to have been carrying Mexican-American music star Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. There were no survivors, authorities said, as many news sources report.

"There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human," Mexico's Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said. The remains of the plane "are scattered over an area of 250 to 300 meters," Esparza said. "It is almost unrecognizable," he said, as the Associated Press reported.

Esparza said "everything points toward" that this plane was indeed that which was carrying Rivera and six other people from Monterrey to Toluca, just outside Mexico City, the Associated Press reported.

The singer had just given a concert in Monterrey. She was 43, Billboard reported.

No cause was given for the plane's crash. The area in which it was found, though -- near the town of Iturbide in Mexico's Sierra Madre Oriental -- is known for its rough terrain, Billboard reported.

The Learjet 25, number N345MC, left Monterrey at 3:30 a.m. and was reported missing about 10 minutes later, the Associated Press reported.

Celebrities and media organizations sent condolences to Rivera's family on Sunday even though it has not been confirmed that she was aboard the plane yet. Authorities said there will be an investigation to identify the remains found at the crash site, Billboard reported.

The other passengers on the plane were believed to be her publicist, her lawyer, makeup artist and the flight crew, the Associated Press reported.

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