January 11, 2014
You can view the final search team report on the Search Team Reports page. It contains details of the search efforts this week, including finding of the airplane.
On January 10, 2014, Janis writes:
The search is now ended. Thank you very much to all who helped in any capacity. As I write this the news of finding the plane is very fresh. I do not have details at this time about the location or the sequence of events leading to the find. Although the outcome is sad, the effort by literally thousands of people who volunteered time, energy and their talents to this search, for people they did not know, is truly inspiring. There are many, many stories of sacrifice, diligence and generosity throughout this unfortunate event. Words cannot express the gratitude felt by the family and those close to them for the assistance and love offered.
This site is for people interested in helping search for Dale Smith and his family. Their plane went missing over Idaho on December 1, 2013.
We plan to collect, on this site, as much information about the search as possible.
If you have any information about the search that is not here (or linked to from here), please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the How to Help page if you would like to assist with the search.
This site is still under development, so it may change rapidly as we add material.
If you are actively involved in the search, and want to use this site for coordination or information, please let me know any information you would like, and we'll try to add it to the site.
Dellon Smith, the brother of Dale Smith, is organizing a 3 day search January 8-10th. He is a pilot himself and was at the Johnson Creek Airstrip a few weeks ago running the search effort. For this 3 day search he is hoping to have some volunteer pilots. He would like to have 4 helicopters and 4 airplanes. He is working on getting a fuel truck up there in order to maximize your time in the air. Additionally he is hoping to have 20 well prepared and well equipped search and rescue personnel to help with the effort on the ground. We will have housing available for about 20 people as well as a warming station at the airstrip. Please call Dellon and leave a message if you are able to help out with this effort. 907-360-7854
The family and friends of the missing persons, and the search personnel want to express their heartfelt gratitude to the community in Cascade and Yellow Pine for their generosity - especially to the owners of the lodge in Yellow Pine and the cafe in Yellow Pine, and to the members of the Cascade branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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