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Old 03-09-2008, 08:35 PM
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Default RV-10 found (was missing in Texas): Sad news

Folks, I am posting this after talking with Doug, with the sole purpose of letting people know what is going on. I propose that we keep the speculation to ZERO, but if you have any factual information, pass it on here.

We don't know very much, except that Mark Ritter, of Lockhart, TX is the subject of a search tonight, He left Brenham a few minutes after 1230 this afternoon, headed home, and never showed up. Apparently there was a "ping" from his cell phone about 20 miles northwest of Brenham a few minutes after his departure, according to information I got from his friends out near his home field. He took off about two minutes ahead of me, but we were going opposite directions.

We can only hope and pray that he turns up - I am certain that a full-up search will be going when daylight hits tomorrow.

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Old 03-09-2008, 08:42 PM
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Prayers are going out for Marks safe recovery.

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Old 03-09-2008, 09:57 PM
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We will keep Mark in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:58 PM
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I will pray he is ok.

My parents left San Antonio, TX around noon today on their way back it Morris, IL. (they made it in five hours one fuel stop in Clarksville, AR).

It was nice to have the SPOT on track me mode, as I could see them coming and know they were ok during their trip.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:36 PM
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Our Prayers with Mark.....I hope this is a bad dream
All the Best ;-)
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:06 PM
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Thanks for letting us know!

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Old 03-10-2008, 07:51 AM
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Is CAP involved yet?

I'd go search myself, but I am a thousand miles away in Michigan. Best of luck.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:17 AM
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Not much I can do from here, but if I could I would.....Keeping my fingers crossed for now.

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Old 03-10-2008, 10:49 AM
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The flight school I did my IFR training with travels that area fairly regularly. I shared the information with them and encouraged their pilots to keep one eye on the ground.

If you've got a flight school that you use, please send them a similar message. The more eyes in the air, the better!

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Old 03-10-2008, 11:53 AM
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what's the 'N' number and the color of the plane?
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