SAR Press Release

press release from the search team - 11/02 10am CDT

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Contact: IC Public Information Officer Ernie Over, 307-349-0794
09:00 AM MT
UPDATE: Searchers find missing aircraft

(Lander, WY) – Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker confirmed the wreckage of a single-engine fixed-wing aircraft was found late Monday in the primary search area east of the Continental Divide. Searchers on the scene reported there were no survivors. The crash site was found approximately one mile east of the aircraft’s last known location near Indian Pass at an elevation of about 11,100 feet early this evening, Nov. 1, 2010.

Four members of a Minnesota family were on board.

press release from the search team - 11/01 5pm CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Monday, November 1, 2010
Contact: NEW: Ernie Over, Search Public Information Officer (307) 851-0794

MISSING PLANE SEARCH UPDATE at 4:00 PM MT

(Lander, WY) – Blessed with clear skies and warmer weather, ground and air search teams are putting in a full day of searching this afternoon for a missing aircraft in the rugged Wind River Range of northwest Wyoming. The missing craft disappeared from radar one week ago.

Through mid-day Monday, no physical trace of the aircraft has been found.

Searchers today concentrated their efforts in what was termed as the “area of highest probability,” that area around the aircraft’s last known radar position.

How ginger gets updated - the inside story

Recently I've received many questions about how I get updates from the search and rescue team, so thought I'd take a moment to share with you a bit about the process.

First, though, know that I sincerely appreciate that so many people -- beyond those gathered in our home -- are eager for the latest news and developments. I want to thank you all for keeping my family in your thoughts and prayers as we await word on Luke and the boys.

Here's the scoop on communications from the search teams:

Press release from the search team - 11/01 11AM CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Monday, November 1, 2010
Contact: NEW: Ernie Over, Search Public Information Officer (307) 851-0794

MEDIA ADVISORY at 10:00 AM MT

(Lander, WY) – Fully one week after a light airplane with four members of a Minnesota family on board went off of radar over the rugged Wind River Mountains of northwest Wyoming, search organizers today are sending two more ground teams into the field and four more aircraft.

The Incident Command staff overseeing the search and rescue mission met until late last night pouring over all search routes and data secured from the previous six days of search operations. A plan based on that review was formulated early today and the plan is now being initiated.

Press release from the search team - 10/30 4:30pm CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Contact: Det. Sgt. Ryan Lee, 307-332-1021 or 332-1028

UPDATE: Search for missing aircraft at 3:30 P.M. M.T.

(Lander, WY) – Two Civil Air Patrol fixed wing aircraft returned to the air during the fifth day of active searching for a missing single-engine plane in northwest Wyoming Saturday. The CAP aircraft were sent aloft to re-evaluate an emergency transponder signal, which both air and ground crews have been unable to pinpoint in the rocky canyons of the nine-square mile search area.

No physical evidence of the missing aircraft has been located.

press release from the search team - 10/30 10am CDT

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Contact: Det. Sgt. Ryan Lee, 307-332-1021 or 332-1028

UPDATE: Search for missing aircraft at 9:00 A.M. M.T.

(Lander, WY) – With favorable weather early today, the fifth full day of searching for a missing single-engine plane with four members of a Minnesota family on board began at daylight in northwest Wyoming. In the four previous full days of searching, no physical evidence of the craft has been found, although teams are still attempting to track an emergency locator signal, which has been heard in the area.

Press release from the search team - 10/29 4:40pm CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Friday, October 29, 2010
Contact: Sgt. Ryan Lee, 307-332-1021 or 332-1028

UPDATE: Search for missing aircraft at 3:40 P.M. M.T.

(Lander, WY) – There were no new developments today in the search for a single-engine aircraft missing in Northwest Wyoming’s Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area since Monday. Searchers received a break Friday morning when weather moderated allowing additional aerial reconnaissance of a nine-square-mile search area. However the exact location of an emergency transponder signal presumably from the missing aircraft remained elusive.

press release from the search team - 10/29 10am CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Friday, October 29, 2010
Contact: Sgt. Ryan Lee, 307-332-1021 or 332-1028

UPDATE: Search for missing aircraft at 9:00 A.M. M.T.

(Lander, WY) – The search for a single-engine fixed wing aircraft missing over the Wind River Mountains of northwest Wyoming with four members of a Minnesota family on board resumed at first light Friday morning.

Air and ground search crews are concentrating on a nine-square mile area east of Wyoming’s tallest mountain peak, the last known location of the aircraft, which disappeared Monday on a flight from Jackson Hole to Riverton en route to the Twin Cities.

press release from the search team - 10/28 6pm CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Contact: Sgt. Ryan Lee, 307-332-1021 (NOTE: NEW #)

UPDATE: Search for missing aircraft at 5:00 PM M.T.

(Lander, WY) – The search for a missing light plane in the Wind River Range of Western Wyoming continued for a fourth consecutive day Thursday with additional air and ground units added to the search.

press release from the search team - 10/28 9am CDT

From: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Contact: Sgt. Ryan Lee, 307-332-1021 (NOTE: NEW #)

UPDATE: Search for missing aircraft at 8:00 AM

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