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Missing pilot: Crews search Citrus forest, check leads

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Searchers received instructions Thursday morning before heading to the Withlacoochee State Forest to search for a missing pilot. Citrus Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook photo Searchers received instructions Thursday morning before heading to the Withlacoochee State Forest to search for a missing pilot. Citrus Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook photo
CITRUS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Thursday's search for a missing pilot and his plane is focusing on densely wooded areas in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County.

Search crews attended a briefing before 8 a.m. Thursday, then headed out to the search area.

Crews from Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Levy Counties as well as the Civil Air Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife are participating in the search for 74-year old Theodore Weiss.

Authorities say Weiss took off in his Fortuna Dave Sonex Experimental aircraft on Saturday from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County. He was headed towards the Zephyrhills Airport, but never made it. Gainesville radar lost track of the plane over the state forest, but Tampa radar never picked the plane up. Investigators say there's a radar dead zone in the forest and that's where the search is being conducted.

Lindsay Blair, a sheriff's office spokeswoman, says search crews are still checking on leads from the public and working their way south from the state forest into Hernando County.

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