A Fort Worth, Texas, couple who flew their private plane to the Bahamas two weeks ago are still unaccounted for.
According to a GoFundMe page, Donna and Forrest Sacco were last heard from on September 26 when they refueled their Cessna 150 in North Eleuthera, Bahamas. Family told KDFW that the newlyweds were headed to Rum Cay but never arrived.
“Due to lack of resources with the Bahamian government and Coast Guard we have been forced to hire our own private search crews and pilots. This has been costly and could continue to be as we need to search until we find something,” the GoFundMe explained.
According to Bahamian newspaper The Tribune, their disappearance wasn’t reported until October 6, approximately 10 days later. At that point, the information was distributed to the United States Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).
The Coast Guard expressed that the RBDF is leading current search efforts, according to the local paper.
Bahamas Air and Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) Operations Manager Chris Lloyd said Tuesday that Forrest closed his flight plan at 4:58 p.m. on September 26 and signaled to air traffic controllers that they were approaching their destination.
Erin Simmons, Donna’s daughter-in-law, said they have hired two private search and rescue teams equipped with aircraft and cameras.
The family has learned that the Saccos arrived in Florida and passed customs in Freeport around September 26. They had posted a photo after stopping to refuel two hours from their destination.
“They’ve been doing flyovers since yesterday and [they’ll be] back out today,” Simmons told KDFW.
Donna, who is from Oklahoma, and Forrest, an engineer for Lockheed Martin, had gone to high school together and recently reconnected. The newlyweds were creating a new life together in Fort Worth, the family said.
“They recently reunited on Facebook, whirlwind romance, got engaged, began traveling,” Simmons said.
“They’ve just been the happiest couple.”
[Featured image: GoFundMe]