November 27, 2014
MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - A winery owner and philanthropist who lives in Carson Valley is missing after his plane apparently went down in northern California.
Robert H. "Budge" Brown left Minden-Tahoe Airport at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in a single-engine Lancair bound for Tracy, Calif. He was the only person on board, and he owns the plane. He's a licensed, experienced pilot.
The Civil Air Patrol says a search is concentrating on northeast Amador County after radar traces last showed the aircraft southwest of Lake Tahoe. The radar indicated it made a rough, rapid descent.
The area has between six and ten feet of snow, and the plane is white.
Brown has been a long-time supporter of Douglas County's Relay for Life. The newspaper says he named one his wineries Cleavage Creek Cellars in 2007 to support research into breast cancer.