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Search for missing plane in Geauga County moves from LaDue Reservoir to wooded area

Posted: 6:27 AM, May 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-29 09:06:47-04
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GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — The search for a missing plane in Geauga County has moved from the LaDue Reservoir to a wooded area right on the edge of the reservoir, according to the Auburn Assistant Fire Chief Mike Cardaman.

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Assistant Auburn Fire Chief Mike Cardaman.

On Wednesday, authorities started looking for a small plane near the LaDue Reservoir, located near US 44 and Route 422, in Geauga County, after the girlfriend of the pilot, who had an app on her phone to track his location, reported him missing after he didn't show up the airport on time, according to state officials.

The 4-seat piper plane left Cincinnati at 10 p.m. and was headed to the Geauga County Airport when it did not arrive. The plane last seen on the radar at 2,600 feet at 4 a.m. over the southeast area of the reservoir.

There are three boats in the water searching for the plane and a drone is also searching in the air, according to the Auburn Township Fire Department.

Geauga County Game Warden Scott Denamen says the fog is impacting aerial search efforts, so with the low ceiling, search crews are using drones and watercraft assistance.

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Geauga County Warden Scott Denamen talks about search efforts for plane.

"We know the last known location, but we don't know what happened after that. We are trying to take everything into account," Denamen said.

Search crews say they are "hoping for the best," but say things can change quickly.

News 5 is working to gather additional details and will update this story as more information becomes available.