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Search for Missing Pilot Continues

MENA, Ar. -- The search is continuing for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot.
MENA, Ar. -- The search is continuing for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot.

Pilot Jake Harrell is also a full-time employee with the North Little Rock Police Department.

Harrell failed to check-in with AFC Central Dispatch Jan. 31 after 1:11 pm. Jake was flying a regularly scheduled detection flight from Malvern to points throughout west Arkansas.

His last known location was Oden, Ar. with supposed intent of traveling toward Wickes, Ar. Harell is 34 years-old and has flown for the Arkansas Forestry Commission since 2005.

He had flown many times in the area and he currently flies as a part-time pilot with the AFC and works full time with the North Little Rock Police Department.

He also serves with the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Fighter Wing.

Ground crews include two and three person teams searching gridded locations in Montgomery and Polk Counties.

Crews are searching by foot and four-wheelers in hopes of finding the man and chainsaw crews and dozers are on standby.

Two Civil Air Patrol planes and a National Guard helicopter are assisting with search efforts from the air.
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