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Rescue crews scaled back their search for millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett after two weeks with no sign of his missing plane in Nevada's rugged high desert.
Five National Guard helicopters continued the effort Tuesday, along with several private aircraft from the ranch where Fossett had been staying. But the Civil Air Patrol, which had 20 planes and 60 searchers aloft over the weekend, suspended further flights and left two planes and a small team on standby in Minden.
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Names don't change that quick out in the west.
Doesn't matter -- we're going in, ourselves. The crash site has been narrowed down to a 1-square mile area (map location might be posted on the C2C website, tonight). I don't think that we need to cut it down further to find the target on the ground.
On Sunday, Lyon County Undersheriff Joe Sanford, part of the search team, told AP there was "a possibility - that he [Fosset] may never be found" - despite the efforts of 45 aircraft which had by then covered 10,000 square miles hunting down Fossett. As added spice to the tale, the admission by [NV CAP Major Cynthia] Ryan that military sats had already been deployed to cast an eye over Nevada will add fuel to the conspiracy theory that the Fossett search is actually a cover story, and the authorities are rather urgently looking for a 150 kiloton nuclear weapon which inconveniently detatched itself during the recent unscheduled TransAmerican B-52 nuke jaunt.
Wife clings to hope as Fossett hunt is halted
Under the law in California, where Fossett lived, it could take at least five years before his family can have him declared dead. Without a death certificate his estate, estimated at over $50 million, cannot be administered.