Missing Senior Found After Several Days with Help from CAP
Monday, November 7, 2016
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Lt. Col. Gerrold Heikkinen; SM Joshua Bedel; Maj. Mari Metzler and Maj. Anthony Carson at the Marianna Airport.


By Maj. Staten Corbett, Florida Wing
Pensacola, Fla.--
The Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol conducted aerial searches on October 29, 2016 with 8 aircraft looking for a missing 83-year-old woman and/or her abandoned vehicle from Highway US 90 in Pensacola to the state line and east to the Apalachicola River.  CAP flew 65.9 total hours (Florida 38.3 and Alabama 27.6) during this mission. Two Florida ground teams searched two areas while other Florida members stood by at homes pending emergence of a specific need.  Fifty-four members conducted operations for 3 days. 

The CAP Incident Commander, Lt. Col. Eric G. Haertel, was the point of contact. The Plans Officer was Lt.  Col. George Schaefer; Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Willard Garman and Air Operation’s Branch Director, Maj. Ben Poffenberger.

Due to Florida CAP's invaluable assistance in searching approximately 440 square miles, and providing ground search teams which assisted ECSO in locating the objective, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center has awarded FL CAP a "Save”. 

Throughout this incident Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators and ECSO deputies continued to develop the situation. Anyone with information about any ongoing incident please contact the ECSO at (850) 436-9620 or 911. The missing person was confirmed found by Escambia County Sheriff’s Department. 
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Reviewed by: 1st Lt. Chuck McCollim
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing
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