Plane of Missing Couple Found

February 5, 2007 -- Posted at 6:57 p.m. CST

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO -- A plane that took off from the Missouri bootheel and was missing since Friday is thought to have been found in Alabama.

Both people on board are dead.  The plane was found in the woods of Jefferson County, Alabama.

Rescuers confirmed what a relative in Missouri told K8 News on Monday, a call to the couples' cell phone indicated that it was reaching a cell tower near Birmingham, Alabama.

"We were able to get up in our helicopter and actually take the coordinates from the tower the cell phone pinged off of.  Our deputies flew over and spotted the wreckage," said Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale.

Before authorities knew the plane had crashed in Alabama, a search was being done in Region 8.

Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder said they helped in the search with the Civil Air Patrol.

"We've been checking in with the FAA and making phone calls to Mississippi County," said Holder.

The plane is a Cessna 172 K and is registered to Larry and Susanna Masters of Hornersville, Missouri.

Four states were involved in the search including Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, and Alabama.