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Friday Update: Officials Confirm Body Found is Missing Pilot

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Update Friday: Officials have confirmed that the body found at a plane crash site in western Kentucky is the pilot who went missing on Monday.

Kentucky State Police said Friday that the Hancock County coroner's office and the Kentucky medical examiner's office used dental records to determine the body was that of 70-year-old Robert Dalzell of Owensboro.

Update Thursday Morning:
Kentucky State Police say debris spotted from a helicopter is from a plane that's been missing in western Kentucky since Monday and a body has been recovered from the plane. 

Police said in a news release Wednesday night that officials have not been able to positively confirm the body is the 70-year-old missing pilot, Robert C. Dalzell Jr., but have notified the family. An autopsy was scheduled.

A news release from police said the site is in thick woods in the Fordsville community of Hancock County. The Federal Aviation Administration will be at the scene Thursday to investigate. 

Update Wednesday Afternoon: Kentucky State Police say a helicopter has spotted debris in western Kentucky where searchers have been looking for a plane and pilot missing since Monday.

Police said in a news release the area is near the Hancock-Breckinridge county line. The location was spotted around 2 p.m. Wednesday, and ground crews are attempting to reach it.

Original Story: 

The Kentucky State Police and the Civil Air Patrol are searching for a missing plane in western Kentucky.   


Police say pilot Robert C. Dalzall Jr. left the Owensboro Regional Airport yesterday (Monday) morning and landed at Falls of Rough in Grayson County about 35 minutes later.  

He later departed from Falls of Rough, but never returned to the Owensboro airport.  

KSP says his last cellphone activity showed him within 5 miles of the Falls of Rough airport.  The 70-year-old Dalzall of Owensboro was flying a 2012 Green Aero Criquet Bogota fixed-wing plane with tail number of N429BB.  

Dalzall is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 175 pounds with grey hair and hazel eyes.

Civil Air Patrol currently has two plane searching the region. Police are asking anyone between the two airports to keep an eye out.  

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