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July 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The search for adventurer Steve Fossett, who vanished in September after taking off by plane from a remote Nevada ranch, resumes today when a team of athletes and mountaineers starts hiking through rugged mountains on the California-Nevada border where he may have crashed. The 10-member team is headed by Simon Donato, 31, a Canadian geologist whose avocation is adventure racing through wilderness areas around the world.
May 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Nevada's governor intends to ask the widow of multimillionaire Steve Fossett to help pay the state's $687,000 tab in the unsuccessful search for the adventurer last fall, the governor's spokesman said. Ben Kieckhefer, press secretary for Gov. Jim Gibbons, said any assistance from the Fossett family would be voluntary. "We are going to request that they help offset some of these expenses, considering the scope of the search, the overall cost, as well as our ongoing budget difficulties," Kieckhefer said.
February 16, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Steve Fossett, the multimillionaire aviation and sailing world record holder who has been missing since taking off alone in a single-engine plane from a private Nevada airstrip in early September, was declared legally dead Friday by an Illinois court. He was 63. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Malak ruled that there was sufficient evidence to declare Fossett dead after he heard testimony from Fossett's wife, Peggy, as well as from an expert on search and rescue operations.
November 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The wife of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared in September after taking off in his single-engine plane from a Nevada airstrip, asked a court to declare him legally dead. The request is a step toward resolving the legal status of the 63-year-old Fossett's estate, which according to court papers is "vast, surpassing eight figures in liquid assets, various entities and real estate," said attorney Michael A. LoVallo, who filed the petition in Chicago.
October 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Teams on the ground and in two aircraft kept up the hunt for aviator Steve Fossett after a new analysis of radar data provided fresh optimism. The formal aerial search ended Sept. 19 after more than two weeks of scouring a vast rugged area of deserts and mountains. However, analysis of radar data and satellite images from Sept. 3 -- the day Fossett, 63, disappeared in a small plane -- led Air Force technicians to believe they had spotted clues to his route.
September 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of searchers set off into the Nevada backcountry after analysts scanning radar and satellite images spotted possible clues to the whereabouts of adventurer Steve Fossett. Fossett has been missing since Sept. 3, when he left on what was supposed to be a short solo flight. The formal aerial search by the Civil Air Patrol and Nevada National Guard helicopters ended Sept. 19 after pilots spent more than two weeks scouring an area twice the size of New Jersey.
September 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
While the Civil Air Patrol has scaled back its search for Steve Fossett, more than a dozen privately funded planes and helicopters are flying out of hotel mogul Barron Hilton's ranch 80 miles south of Reno to look for the missing adventurer. An update on Fossett's website said the aircraft from Hilton's 1 million-acre Flying M Ranch, where Fossett, 63, had been staying, included some equipped with infrared and other high-tech search gear.
September 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Citing the risks of volunteer pilots running into rescue teams searching for missing U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett, aviation officials issued a ban on civilian flights near the search area. Maj. Ed Locke of the Nevada Air National Guard said the Federal Aviation Administration had temporarily barred civilian aircraft from flying under 2,000 feet in an area southeast of Reno.
September 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Authorities investigating the disappearance of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett said Thursday that they had largely ruled out some of the more unlikely explanations for why they hadn't found his plane, including the possibility he wanted to vanish. No trace has been found of his single-engine plane despite a small air force that has scoured the canyons and hillsides along the Sierra Nevada's eastern front for 11 days, raising the prospect that he is not there.
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