Couple Heading To Bahamas Still Missing; OK Families Still Seeking Answers

Friday, September 28th 2018, 11:12 pm
By: Justin Shrair

It’s been nearly a year since a Tahlequah native and her fiancé disappeared. Their families are still looking for answers.

In September 2017, Forrest Sanco and Donna Grant took off in their own plane to the Bahamas, but they never made it.

Grant’s daughter-in-law, Erin Simmons, said she and the rest of the family are still holding out hope and trying to find out what happened.

"You know, it’s a struggle still. It seems like for every good day you have two bad days, but there's been some progress as far as that goes," Simmons said.

Grant and Sanco left on their own plane for Rum Cay to get married, but there is no sign they ever made it to their final destination, and the couple has never been found.

"In a way, it feels like you're the only person in the world that it's happening to. It feels like everyone's lives around you are going on and here you are," Simmons said.

Last October, though, plane parts were found in the Bahamas - a tire and a wheel well - which the family believes are pieces of the missing plane, but that has not been confirmed.

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"As much as it could be, yeah, we are like 99 percent positive that it came from. We have all the airplane logs and maintenance logs and everything that matches it," Simmons said.

Simmons said she's speaking out to keep the search alive, to spread the word, and to share their story in the hopes that unanswered questions will soon become answers.

"We're hopeful. We're hopeful for some answers. We're hopeful for the opportunity to have closure,” she said. "What we do know is that they are together, and they're happy and they're in a beautiful place."

Simmons has set up a Facebook page for updates and to get more information.