Subscribe Register Login

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 1:11 p.m.
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal

Ground crews continue search for missing pilot

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 9, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

Poor visibility has kept aerial flight teams from searching for an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot who went missing while looking for wildfires, but officials say ground crews are still active.

Jake Harrell went missing Jan. 31 while flying from Oden to Wickes.

Adriane Barnes, a spokesman for the commission, said in a statement that 76 searchers are on the ground Sunday in various locations "based on sightings from local residents, satellite imagery ... and information provided by Jake’s cell phone company."

"Volunteers all over Arkansas have offered to assist in any way possible with the operation," Barnes said in the statement. "It is a wonderful state, full of those willing to lift up this search effort in prayer, support, hope, and concern. The search team continues to be grateful for these offers and concerns."

The search efforts have been hampered by wintry weather as well as harsh conditions in the search area, including steep terrain, thick brush and deep ravines, Barnes said.

Helicopters outfitted with equipment that can reveal "fine details along the ground's surface" will be used when visibility improves, she added, noting officials are considering using drones as well.

Comments on: Ground crews continue search for missing pilot

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.


  • Fence installers

    fence installers needed Experienced for commercial & residen...

  • Auto / hydraulic mechanic

    — A9301 Req # 19921 Entergy Corporation, a Fortune 500 comp...
    EL DORADO, Arkansas

  • Sw

    memorial hospital Stilwell, OK We have recently added more P...

  • General sales manager

    Mint Auto Restoration and Detailing Come join the #1 Auto Re...

  • Commissioning agent

    Cromwell Architects Engineers is seeking a to work as a mem...

Search 916 jobs >

Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal
Arkansas Online