Searchers on land, air, ramp up Nevada search for missing adventurer

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Searchers have ramped up the quest for some sign of missing adventurer Steve Fossett as ground crews moved into
the rugged back country of western Nevada looking for Fossett's plane 27 days after it was last seen.
Gary Derks is the state Department of Public Safety official in charge of the search. He says about 50 people on all-terrain vehicles, horseback and foot combed a canyon where the plane might have gone down.
In addition, three Civil Air Patrol planes continued scouring the mountainous area after the Air Force analyzed images from radar and satellite that could offer clues as to where the plane borrowed from millionaire hotel magnate Barron Hilton disappeared.
While Derks confirmed that the search area was southeast of Hilton's million-acre ranch in western Nevada where Fossett had been staying, he did not want to be more specific to avoid attracting private pilots to the search.
The formal aerial search by the Civil Air Patrol and Nevada National Guard helicopters ended September 19th after more than two weeks scouring an area twice the size of New Jersey.

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