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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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
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