Search for missing doctor, plane continues

Wednesday, January 19th 2005, 10:57 am
By: News On 6

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AP) -- The search for a missing Muskogee doctor and his airplane is now in its seventh day.

Doctor Jack Nolen was last seen last Friday morning leaving the Paris, Texas, airport on a flight to Shawnee.

Major Charles Newcomb with the Civil Air Patrol at Tinker Air Force Base says search teams have scoured hundreds of square miles and are concentrating on an area from near McAlester to Lake Eufaula. The last radar contact with what may have been Nolen's small plane was made in that area.

Newcomb says searchers are frustrated, but continue looking for the 73-year-old Nolen in hopes he'll be found alive.

Newcomb says the decision on how long the search goes on is up to officials at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, where the CAP gets its orders. He says he hopes to be allowed to continue searching at least through Saturday, when more people will be able to join the effort.