Fossett's Wife Asks Court To Declare Adventurer Dead

(from cnn.com) - The wife of missing adventurer Steve Fossett has asked a court to declare him dead.

Fossett was last seen in early September, flying a single-engine plane on a pleasure flight from a Nevada ranch. A month-long search for the plane was unsuccessful.

"As difficult as it is for me to reach this conclusion, I no longer hold out any hope that Steve has survived," wrote Peggy V. Fossett in court documents filed Monday with the Cook County [Illinois] Circuit Court.

She asked that the will of her husband of 38 years be admitted to probate.

At about 8:45 a.m. on September 3, the millionaire took off on what he said was to be a solo pleasure flight over the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

He had planned to fly over the Nevada desert for two to three hours, and was expecting to return for lunch to the Minden, Nevada, ranch, from which he departed. He was carrying a single bottle of water and had no parachute, lawyers for Mrs. Fossett said in the court documents.

At 3 p.m., when he had not returned, a search began that ultimately included thousands of volunteers. It continued until October 2. Continued...


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