Narrowing search for plane

The family of missing pilot received a tip that a group of snowmobilers heard a single engine plane fly over them in the Keystone area the same day he went missing.

Pilot Dominic Neron, 28, and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault, 31 took off in their single engine Mooney aircraft from Penticton Regional Airport at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.

They were expected to land in Edmonton but never arrived.

It is believed their plane disappeared near Revelstoke.

Neron’s sister Tammy said they recently were contacted by a group of eight snowmobilers who said they witnessed a plane go over them.

“We had a few witnesses up in Keystone that were snowmobiling that day and they said they heard a plane go directly above them between 3:10 and 3:30 p.m.,” she said. “That fits the timeline.”

Due to weather and heavy fog they weren’t able to make out details of the aircraft but said it was a single engine plane.

“That just basically verified we are looking in the right area,” she said.

“We had known that there was somebody but we didn’t know the names and we basically knew someone had heard the plane but up until a couple days ago we found out exactly where it was and who heard it,” she said.

Last weekend over 30 people volunteered their time and their snowmobiles to search an area around Three Valley Gap that the family believed the plane could have been.

“We were following up a lead we had in the Three Valley Gap area,” she said. “There is always that what if and all the possibilities if he turned around. There was cellphone pings on the November 26 that picked up around that area.”

Tammy said it is amazing to see all the support people have offered.

“I am almost positive the plane is buried in the snow and until it melts we won’t be able to find it.

For now, the search has been suspended due to the heavy snowfall but the family hopes to start searching again in the end of May.

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