Searchers ask hunters to watch for lost plane
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Date: November 24, 2012
Hunters and hikers are being asked to keep their eyes open if they travel to the Upper Hoback area of the Wyoming Range.
The Lincoln and Sublette county sheriff’s offices hope the added attention might lead to a sighting of a plane missing in the area.
Search and rescue teams from both counties have spent the past week searching the area for a La Barge pilot and his single-engine Cessna. The plane missed a scheduled landing in Pinedale Nov. 17. Last radar contact was in the Wyoming Range near the border between Sublette and Lincoln counties. Sixty-three-year-old Myles McGinnis and his aircraft have not been found, and searchers on snowmachines and in the air have yet to spot signs of any wreckage.
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office began distributing flyers Wednesday night asking anyone who comes across the wreckage of the plane to contact law enforcement.
Anyone who finds the plane is also asked not to touch anything and call either the Lincoln or Sublette county dispatch lines, “with GPS coordinates if possible.”
A photo of the plane, which is white with red markings, accompanies the message.
Earlier in the week, a hunter in the area reported a possible sighting of the wreckage, but searchers in the air did not find it when flying over, said Teton County Undersheriff Bob Gilliam. Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers have provided air support, using the team’s helicopter throughout the search, and Civil Air Patrol fixed-wing aircraft have also been involved.
Anyone who finds signs of McGinnis or his plane should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 885-5231 or the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office at 367-4378.