Coast Guard to suspend search for missing Florida plane

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to suspend their search Tuesday at sunset for a missing family near Cedar Key.

A body was found Tuesday afternoon by crews searching for a plane that vanished during a flight from Brooksville to Cedar Key on Sunday.

The Coast Guard has not yet released details about the identity of the body.

Search crews have also recovered a headset, flight manuals and a seat cushion in the same area.

65-year-old pilot Jasper Jerrels, his 17-year-old son Dylan and the pilot’s fiancé Hue Singletary, were flying to Cedar Key for lunch on Sunday when their plane disappeared.

As of noon Tuesday, the Coast Guard and partner agencies conducted more than 30 searches, covering man than 2,016 square miles for a total of more than 50 hours.

“It is with a heavy heart and our deepest condolences that we make the decision to suspend the search this evening,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, Sector St. Petersburg commander.

“We keep the family and friends of these three individuals in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.”

The plane’s pilot did not file a flight plan and was flying under visual flight rules.

Just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, a missing plane report was filed.

The Coast Guard has been searching since Sunday.

We’ll have more on the search tonight at 5 on WFLA News Channel 8.

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