Missing Pilot Also NLRPD Employee, Search Continuing

Published 02/01 2014 10:44AM

Updated 02/01 2014 05:50PM

Mena Incident Command
Mena Incident Command

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 yesterday after 1:11 p.m. Jake was flying a regularly scheduled detection flight from Malvern to points throughout west Arkansas.

His last known location was Oden, with supposed intent of traveling toward Wickes.

Harell is 34-years-old and has flown for the Arkansas Forestry Commission since 2005. 

He had flown many times in the area.

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.

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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