CITRUS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -
The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday.
74-year old Theodore Weiss took off in his experimental aircraft on Saturday. He was headed from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County to the Zephyrhills Regional Airport, but never made it.
Citrus County Sheriff's officials say they believe the plane went down somewhere in the Withlacoochee State Forest. More than a hundred volunteers searched the heavily wooded area in Citrus County on ATV's, horseback and on foot Thursday. So far, they've found no sign of any wreckage.
Commander Buddy Grant says there's been no indication that Weiss is still alive.
"I can tell you that there's been no contact with him by any family members, there's been no information relayed to us from Marion County that they've been able to recover where he's used his bank accounts or any such other thing, for this time that would be considered unusual."
Weiss is from New York, but wintered in Zephyrhills. Richard and Patricia Greenshields say he moved to the Colony Hills Mobile Home Park in 2003.
They call him a very good neighbor. "Very Friendly, really. We just enjoyed visiting with him," said Patricia Greenshields. "If we were out and he was coming in he would stop, talk to us, talk to the neighbors."
Richard Greenshields says he finds it hard to believe Weiss went down in his plane. "It's odd that if the plane did went down, because he was pretty careful with it and everything he did."
Officials say the search for Weiss and his plane will wrap up at dusk Thursday and will resume Friday morning.