January 25, 2015
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Body of missing pilot removed, sent to hometown

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Crews have removed the body of an Arkansas Forestry
Commission pilot from a crash site in Montgomery County.

Twelve days after disappearing during a wildfire patrol, the remains of pilot
Jake Harrell were being taken back home to North Little Rock on Wednesday.

Harrell missed a check-in on January 31st while flying over western Arkansas.
An emergency beacon in his aircraft didn't work and searchers didn't spot the
wreckage until Tuesday. Harrell was found dead at the scene.

The crash site was in remote and rugged wilderness and crews needed the extra
day to remove the body.

Forestry Commission spokesman Adriane Barnes says federal investigators are
working to determine the cause of the crash.

     Funeral arrangements will be announced once they are complete.

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